https://www.engineeringnews.co.za
R/€ = 20.14 Change: -0.09
R/$ = 18.55 Change: -0.09
Au 1611.53 $/oz Change: 19.39
Pt 726.48 $/oz Change: 1.60
 

Rail News

Transnet appoints Portia Derby as new Group CEO

By: African News Agency      1st February 2020 Portia Derby has been appointed group chief executive of Transnet, the department of public enterprises said on Friday night.  The appointment was made following "an extensive and rigorous search", the department said via an emailed statement. 

Gibela to focus on quality, suppliers as it ramps up to full production 

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2020 The Gibela consortium will spend the next three years ramping up to full production of 62 trains a year, says CEO Hector Danisa. It may prove to be a challenging period, he adds, as Gibela will need to address some quality issues, as well as build capacity within its supply chain. 

Gibela to focus on quality, suppliers as it ramps up to full production
Hector Danisa

Gautrain tenders for acquisition, refurbishment of pre-owned trains open 

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2020 Gautrain concessionaire Bombela has issued two tenders related to the procurement of between five and seven pre-owned trains from the UK, for use on the Gautrain system. The first offers are expected to arrive at the end of February, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs. The GMA... 

Gautrain tenders for acquisition, refurbishment of pre-owned trains open

New Gautrain boss to plan for capacity increase, end of concession 

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2020 Newly appointed Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs’s first goal is ensure the Gautrain rail system remains an “excellent, safe and reliable mode of public transport”. It is also important to retain the GMA’s pristine governance record. The GMA manages the Gautrain system on behalf of... 

New Gautrain boss to plan for capacity increase, end of concession
New Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs

Dachs takes over as Gautrain boss as Van der Merwe retires 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2020 Jack van der Merwe, who led the planning and rollout of the Gautrain rapid rail project for two decades, will retire as Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO on February 29. His successor will be long-time COO, William Dachs, announced Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure... 

Dachs takes over as Gautrain boss as Van der Merwe retires
William Dachs

Train arson: Residents urged to have say in Western Cape police ombudsman's probe

By: News24Wire      29th January 2020 Western Cape residents have until Thursday to have their say on how effectively the South African Police Service is dealing with train arson. The provincial police ombudsman Major General Johan Brand was leading the investigation into the alleged inability of the police in the Cape Peninsula to... 

Proposed inland port to change the Gauteng logistics landscape, says developer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2020 Investor and developer NT55 Investments believes the Distribution Junxion development – a proposed inland port and railway park in Gauteng – will transform the country’s rail and transport logistics landscape through its efficient supply chain performance and the considerable cost savings it will... 

Proposed inland port to change the Gauteng logistics landscape, says developer
Distribution Junxion Map

Administrator sets out ambitious plan for 'broken' PRASA  

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2020 Lifestyle audits, cashless ticketing, renegotiating Eskom tariffs and finalising the general overhaul tender are all on the to-do list for the newly appointed administrator of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Bongisizwe Mpondo. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula appointed Mpondo... 

Administrator sets out ambitious plan for 'broken' PRASA
Photo by Creamer Media's Irma Venter
PRASA administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo

Govt must protect rail infrastructure, PRASA assets – Mosebenzi Zwane 

By: News24Wire      7th January 2020 Appropriate measures must be taken to protect rail infrastructure and all assets belonging to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), transport portfolio committee chairperson Mosebenzi Zwane said after 24 carriages in Bloemfontein were set alight. News24 reported on Sunday that 24... 

Youths suspected of torching 24 Shosholoza Meyl carriages in Bloem

By: African News Agency      6th January 2020 A case of arson is under investigation after 24 out of order Shosholoza Meyl train carriages were torched on the rails next to the Bloemfontein train station on Saturday.  The coaches had been earmarked for refurbishment, the department of transport said on Sunday.  

Cape Town central train line still suspended as officials seek cable theft solution

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 Train commuters on Cape Town's central line are still without rail services as continued fears over cable theft, safety and subsequent repairs have hindered Metrorail's services. For the last month, commuters from areas such as Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain have been forced to make use of... 

Mbalula dissolves PRASA interim board, places it under administration  

By: News24Wire      9th December 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has dissolved the interim board of the Passenger Rail agency of South Africa and placed the struggling State-owned entity under administration with immediate effect. Bongisizwe Mpondo has been appointed as its administrator. Mbulala on Monday described Mpondo as... 

Mbalula dissolves PRASA interim board, places it under administration
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Transnet inks rail revitalisation agreement with Ghana

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 State-owned logistics company Transnet, led by chairperson Dr Popo Molefe, this week signed a rail revitalisation agreement with the Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) and the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) that will result in the restoration of the Western Railway Line in Ghana.... 

Transnet delivers last batch of freight wagons to Mozambican rail operator in Uitenhage

By: African News Agency      6th December 2019 Transnet Engineering on Friday delivered the last batch of 100 locally manufactured freight wagons to Caminhos De Ferros De Mocambique (CFM), a Mozambique State owned railway operator.  The handover event was held in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, the company said. 

Fake PRASA 'Dr' Daniel Mthimkhulu loses bid for leave to appeal R5.7m judgment

By: News24Wire      6th December 2019 Fake PRASA 'Dr' Daniel Mthimkhulu loses bid for leave to appeal R5.7m judgment A former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) executive, who was found to have lied about his qualifications, has lost his bid to appeal a High Court order that he should pay back R5.7-million he received from... 

PRASA permanent board to be appointed soon – Mbalula

By: News24Wire      4th December 2019 The appointment of a permanent board at Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is at an advanced stage, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said. Mbalula said the appointment of a permanent board would go a long way in "restoring stability" at the entity. Prospective board members would undergo... 

PRASA permanent board to be appointed soon – Mbalula

Exxaro records mixed performance in year-to-date 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2019 A slowdown in global economic growth, supply-side disruptions, escalating US-China trade tensions and energy transition themes have, in the year-to-date, all impacted on the commodities that diversified miner Exxaro Resources produces. In a pre-closed-period trading update for the financial year... 

Exxaro records mixed performance in year-to-date

Tanzania secures $1bn syndicated loan from TDB bank for infrastructure

By: Reuters     26th November 2019 Tanzania has received a $1-billion syndicated loan arranged by the Trade and Development Bank for infrastructure projects and is seeking an additional $500-million from the regional lender, the presidency said. The government said in 2016 it had agreed a $7.6-billion loan from China's... 

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2019 Transport infrastructure is considered a critical part of the National Development Plan 2030, with State-owned Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar on Thursday saying South Africa’s transport future was dependent on how government intended to stimulate the economy.... 

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated
Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar speaks to Engineering News Online about South Africa’s transport future. (Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd)

R7bn Limpopo coal mine a step closer as ResGen, Transnet ink ten-year logistics deal 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2019 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet signed a ten-year take-or-pay coal transport agreement with Resource Generation (ResGen) subsidiary Ledjadja Coal on Thursday, improving prospects for the development of a new R7-billion greenfield coalmine in the Limpopo province. Under the contract,... 

R7bn Limpopo coal mine a step closer as ResGen, Transnet ink ten-year logistics deal
Transnet chief customer officer Mike Fanucchi and ResGen interim CEO Papi Molotsane signing coal transport agreement

Montana describes Sars order to attach his assets as 'vindictive'

By: News24Wire      21st November 2019 Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) chief executive Lucky Montana has described the latest move by the South African Revenue Service (Sars), who seized his assets, as "vindictive" and "unethical". Montana said the Sheriff of the Court arrived at his home on Wednesday morning with... 

Transnet signs R1.6bn loan agreement with German bank

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2019 Transnet has signed a R1.6-billion seven-year bilateral loan agreement with international investor KfW Ipex-Bank. The State-owned freight utility on Thursday said the agreement demonstrated continued investor confidence in the business and the investor’s comfort in Transnet’s improved... 

Transnet signs R1.6bn loan agreement with German bank
KfW-Ipex Bank's Torsten Osterloh with Transnet acting CE Mohammed Mahomedy

Transnet confirms legal review of 10-64 locomotive contracts   

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2019 State-owned logistics group Transnet confirmed on Monday that it is initiating a legal review of the a R49-billion locomotive procurement contract, known as 10-64, having already declared the contracts irregular and unlawful. Speaking at the release of the group’s interim results, acting CEO... 

Transnet confirms legal review of 10-64 locomotive contracts
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy on the initiation of a legal review of the 10-64 contracts. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing Nicholas Boyd. 11.11.2019

Gautrain resumes full train service after power outage left morning commuters stranded

By: African News Agency      8th November 2019 Commuter service Gautrain resumed full services on Friday after hundreds of passengers were earlier left stranded when a power outage forced trains to stop running halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria and on the route between the Sandton district and OR Tambo International Airport. "We are... 

Gautrain resumes full train service after power outage left morning commuters stranded

Ubunye inaugurates modern rail components factory 

7th November 2019 Rail components manufacturer Alstom Ubunye last month inaugurated its 80 000 m2 modernised factory, in Nigel, Gauteng. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more about the site. 

Ubunye inaugurates modern rail components factory
Ubunye inaugurates modern rail components factory

Uganda revamps century-old rail network after China delays funding

By: Reuters     6th November 2019 Uganda will begin refurbishing its century-old rail network this month to boost bulk cargo transportation, after failing to secure $2.2-billion in Chinese funding for a new standard gauge line, a senior rail official said on Wednesday. The rehabilitation will be carried out in phases over several... 

Transport union disputes PRASA's war room 'success' after Mbalula announcement

By: News24Wire      5th November 2019 Members of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) have disputed the statistics and successes announced by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula regarding the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA) war room on Monday. The war room was launched on August 8 2019, to improve the customer... 

Mbalula on mission to modernise PRASA amid commuter dissatisfaction

By: News24Wire      4th November 2019 Amid high levels of train commuter dissatisfaction, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says his intervention mechanism, the war room, has made good progress to turn this around. The war room was established to monitor progress and implement solutions on Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's... 

Gautrain’s contactless-cards move seen as integrated ticketing precursor

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2019 As from October 31, public transport in South Africa has moved one step closer to integrated ticketing with the Gautrain to accept contactless bank cards for payment of its train, parking and bus services, says Bombela Concession Company marketing and communication executive Kesagee Nayager.... 

Transnet launches world’s longest production train  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2019 State-owned rail company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) on Thursday launched a 4-km-long train, with 375 wagons, officially making it the longest train in the world. The train was driven by Lisa Clark and transported about 24 000 t of manganese over a distance of more than 860 km between the Sishen... 

Transnet launches world’s longest production train
Transnet has launched a 4-km-long production train to transport manganese from the Northern Cape to Saldanha Bay. Camerawork: Dylan Slater; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

TFR's agriculture, bulk liquids unit shut for planned maintenance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2019 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) on Tuesday started the planned maintenance shutdown of its agriculture and bulk liquids (ABL) business unit. The shutdown will be concluded on October 28 and will affect the rail network from East London to Cathcart, Burgersdorp to Noupoort and... 

Traxtion supports opening up South Africa’s rail network to private operators

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st October 2019 Opening South Africa’s core railway network to private operators will stimulate economic growth in the country, Traxtion CEO James Holley tells Engineering News Online. He says the company fully supports government’s proposal, as outlined in a National Treasury economic growth discussion document... 

Transnet’s $400m Zim railway investment deal cancelled 

By: News24Wire      17th October 2019 Zimbabwe has cancelled a US$400-million investment deal for the National Railways of Zimbabwe, which had been awarded to a consortium that included South Africa's Transnet and the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group. In 2017, the government of Zimbabwe awarded the $400-million tender for... 

 Transnet’s $400m Zim railway investment deal cancelled

Alstom Ubunye inaugurates modernised factory  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2019 Rail components manufacturer Alstom Ubunye on Thursday inaugurated its 80 000 m2 modernised rail components factory, in Nigel, Gauteng. The factory was established in 1957 and Alstom acquired a 51% stake in the company, Commuter Transport and Locomotive Engineering, in 2016 calling the new... 

Alstom Ubunye inaugurates modernised factory
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
A grinding artisan at Alstom Ubunye's factory, in Nigel

Gautrain to accept contactless bank cards from October 31

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2019 As from October 31, public transport in South Africa moves one step closer to integrated ticketing with the Gautrain to accept contactless bank cards for payment of its train, parking and bus services, says Bombela Concession Company marketing and communication executive Kesagee Nayager. This... 

 Gautrain to accept contactless bank cards from October 31

Zimbabwe cancels deal with Transnet JV to recapitalise state rail firm

By: Reuters     17th October 2019 Zimbabwe has cancelled a deal struck with South African logistics group Transnet and its partner to recapitalise State-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ), citing a failure to meet timelines and funding issues, a government official said. The joint venture of Transnet and Diaspora... 

Zimbabwe cancels deal with Transnet JV to recapitalise state rail firm

Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to Nairobi

By: Reuters     16th October 2019 Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to open a new $1.5-billion Chinese rail line on Wednesday linking the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, despite delays in establishing an industrial park there to drive freight traffic. The extension links to the $3.2-billion line between... 

 

Latest News

more

Latest Videos

more

Research Reports

Topics In These Articles

RSS Feed

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Register Close