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TFR to conduct yearly maintenance shutdown on MMC line this month

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2019 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will be conducting its yearly maintenance shutdown on the Mineral Mining and Chrome (MMC) line from June 4 to 10.  The shutdown will allow TFR to undertake maintenance work that cannot take place during normal occupational conditions. 

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has named a consortium led by black-empowerment group Southern Palace as the preferred bidder for a 20-year concession to build and operate a new R2.5-billion inland container terminal in southern Gauteng. The public­–private partnership, dubbed the... 

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal

UNTU signs 7.3% wage increase for PRASA employees 

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 The United National Transport Union said on Tuesday it had signed a 7.3% wage agreement with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and secured a guarantee that no employee would be retrenched in the next financial year. The agreement will be implemented across the board for all PRASA... 

Mbalula wants urgent probe into Pretoria Metrorail and Transnet tamping machine crash

By: African News Agency      3rd June 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has instructed the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) to prioritise its investigation into the crash involving a Transnet tamping machine carrying out railway track maintenance and a new Metrorail train at Eerste Fabrieke Station in Mamelodi in Pretoria, injuring at... 

IHHA conference to ‘better equip’ Transnet to take advantage of global knowledge, technology

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2019 As it keeps the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in mind, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is hopeful that the upcoming International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference will provide the State-owned entity with an opportunity to not just showcase South African capabilities and potential to the... 

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2019 Industrialisation leads to socioeconomic growth, often at a cost to the environment in the form of emissions and pollution, and, therefore, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents a promising opportunity for sustainable development. Speaking at the Trade and Industry Policy Strategies... 

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment
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TIPS researcher Bhavna Deonarain

R1.25bn relocation costs for Transnet train tender 'unjustifiable', inquiry hears

By: News24Wire      31st May 2019 Two transportation companies contracted to build billions of rands' worth of locomotives for Transnet had "no justification" for hiking costs by R1.25-billion as a relocation fee, the State capture commission heard on Friday. The commission of inquiry has been investigating allegations of state... 

Establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority board Van der Merwe’s first priority  

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2019 The first two tasks Jack van der Merwe has to tackle in establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) is to secure the appointment of the GTA board, followed by updating the Gauteng transport model. Addressing the Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa in Midrand on Tuesday, he said... 

Establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority board Van der Merwe’s first priority
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Jack van der Merwe

Aveng says has received R133m for sale of Aveng Rail

By: African News Agency      28th May 2019 South African conglomerate Aveng said on Tuesday the sale of Aveng Rail as a going concern to Mathupha Capital had now become unconditional and the cash consideration of R133-million was received on May 24. Aveng, which is involved in steel, engineering, manufacturing, mining, concessions, public... 

Kenya engages World Bank for $750m loan for budget support

By: Reuters     28th May 2019 Kenya is negotiating with the World Bank for a $750-million loan for budgetary support, documents on the proposed funding posted on the lender's website showed on Tuesday. The East African nation has multiple development funding programmes, worth billions of dollars, with the Washington-based... 

Transnet became 'captive client' after selling off comms network, inquiry hears

By: News24Wire      28th May 2019 Transnet should never have sold off its vital fibre communications network to an external service provider in 2007, the state capture commission has heard. The commission of inquiry has been investigating allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud since August 2018. Subscribe to Fin24’s... 

Transnet became 'captive client' after selling off comms network, inquiry hears

PRASA places three executives on special leave 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has placed the company’s chief strategy offer Dr Sipho Sithole; its legal, risk and compliance head Martha Ngoye and its group CEO Tiro Holele on special leave. The decision follows ongoing investigations into allegations of improper, irregular,... 

Gautrain will not reissue rolling stock tender 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2019 The tender for the procurement of new 12 new four-car trains for the Gautrain system will not be reissued, says Gautrain Management Agency communication and marketing senior executive manager Dr Barbara Jensen. An almost three-year tender process, initiated in February 2016, to secure additional... 

Gautrain will not reissue rolling stock tender

No injuries or fatalities reported in Germiston train fire

By: News24Wire      21st May 2019 No injuries or fatalities were reported after a train caught fire in Dinwiddie, Germiston, on Tuesday, according to Ekurhuleni Emergency Medical Services (EMS). "We received a call at 06:30, saying a train was on fire... next to the Scaw Metals company. 

Gautrain seeks to improve passenger convenience with new train schedule

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 Gautrain has introduced various changes to its train schedule from this month to provide a “more convenient and comfortable service” to passengers. The afternoon peak period has been extended northbound only, from Park station to Hatfield station, from Monday to Friday.  

Transnet appoints acting CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2019 State-owned Transnet has appointed Mark Gregg-Macdonald acting CFO, with effect from May 13. He will also serve on Transnet's board. 

Transnet appoints acting CFO
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Transnet acting CFO Mark Gregg-Macdonald

Mahomedy tackles locomotive costs, interest rate swaps at Zondo Commission 

By: African News Agency      16th May 2019 Transnet acting CE Mohammed Mahomedy continued his testimony at the Zondo commission of inquiry into State capture on Thursday, further detailing how the State-owned entity was bleeding billions of rands as a result of irregular contracts and interest rate swaps. Mahomedy told the commission... 

Mahomedy tackles locomotive costs, interest rate swaps at Zondo Commission
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Transnet acting CE Mohammed Mahomedy

Transnet CEO tells Zondo Inquiry of irregularly awarded contracts

By: African News Agency      16th May 2019 Transnet's acting group chief executive, Mohammed Mahomedy, on Wednesday told the Zondo Commission that a review of tender documents by Transnet's new board revealed that several contracts at the state-owned freight operator had been entered into irregularly.  Mahomedy was acting CFO at Transnet... 

Not all deals at Transnet went through prescribed processes – acting CEO

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 Not all transactions at State-owned logistics company Transnet were handled in compliance with stipulated processes, acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy told the commission probing graft on Wednesday. "What we found was that certain transactions were approved through normal processes and some of the... 

Not all deals at Transnet went through prescribed processes – acting CEO
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Acting Transnet CEO Mohammed Mahomedy

PRASA welcomes Constitutional Court decision on Swifambo matter  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has welcomed a ruling by the Constitutional Court that dismissed an application brought by Swifambo Rail Leasing, which is in liquidation, for leave to appeal an earlier Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision not to reinstate a contract for the... 

Tanzania rail project to take half of Transport Ministry's budget

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2019 Tanzania’s transport ministry is seeking approval from lawmakers for its 2019/20 budget of 4.96-trillion shillings ($2.15-billion), which includes 2.48-trillion shillings for construction of a standard-gauge railway line. The railway line will link the East African nation’s commercial city of Dar... 

Transnet procurement process an 'aberration', State capture inquiry hears 

By: News24Wire      9th May 2019 Evidence presented at the State capture inquiry on Thursday shifted to procurement processes at Transnet, which have been identified by the new board as being at the heart of financial flows of the State-run freight rail company. Peter Volmink, Transnet's executive head of governance, told the... 

Transnet procurement process an 'aberration', State capture inquiry hears

Gibela appoints Hector Danisa as new CEO

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2019 Rolling stock manufacturer Gibela has appointed Hector Danisa as its new CEO, with effect from May 1. Gibela is tasked with delivering 600 new passenger trains to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa in a R59-billion deal signed in 2014. Local content on the trains is to be 65% by volume. 

Gibela appoints Hector Danisa as new CEO
Hector Danisa

Outa says submits evidence against Transnet to Zondo commission

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says it has handed, what it calls a comprehensive submission, to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that allegedly details corruption, money laundering and fraud at State-owned freight utility Transnet. In addition to allegations that... 

Energy solutions provider aims for Africa expansion

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Electrical house (eHouse) solutions and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure provider TGOOD Africa is expanding its business into Africa and aims to establish offices in Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia in the next nine to twelve months. The company’s head office for its sub-Saharan... 

Energy solutions provider aims for Africa expansion
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TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility 

2nd May 2019 Railway engineering company TMH Africa earlier this month unveiled its 45 000 m2 rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, in Gauteng. The facility will manufacture and assemble rolling stock, refurbish old locomotives and provide maintenance services. Marleny Arnoldi was at the launch. 

TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility
TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility

Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2019 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has appointed Mohammed Mahomedy as acting group CEO after its board decided not to extend the six-month contract of the Tau Morwe, beyond Friday, May 3. Mahomedy, who has worked with Transnet for more than 12 years, has been acting CFO for the past 12... 

Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO
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New acting Transnet CEO Mohammed Mahomedy

Transnet installing new tippler to sustain iron-ore exports

By: Reuters     26th April 2019 Transnet is installing a new iron-ore tippler at the country’s main iron-ore export line in order to sustain its current output of 60-million tonnes a year, officials said on Friday at its Saldanha port terminal. The R3-billion project, which includes infrastructure such as a conveyor belt... 

Prasa suspends WC head of security, 2 others over burning trains saga

By: News24Wire      26th April 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) announced on Friday that it has suspended its head of security in the Western Cape as well as two other security officers pending the outcome of an investigation into whether there was a security lapse that resulted in the burning of 12 train... 

 Prasa suspends WC head of security, 2 others over burning trains saga

TPT activates disaster management plan following heavy rains, flooding

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 Transnet Port Terminals has activated its disaster management plan following the recent heavy rains and flooding that has impacted terminal operations at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), as well as at the Durban and Richards Bay bulk, breakbulk and car terminals. Despite earlier disruptions,... 

China's Tsingshan expands plans for Zimbabwe steel plant

By: Reuters     24th April 2019 China's Tsingshan Holding Group has expanded its plans for a steel plant in Zimbabwe to include a power plant and a lithium concession, Zimbabwe's Mines Minister Winston Chitando said on Tuesday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is trying to woo foreign investors, especially in mining,... 

'Sinister force' behind arson attacks on SA's rail system, says Nzimande

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2019 A "sinister force" was at work trying to destroy South Africa's commuter rail system, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said on Monday. In a statement, Nzimande condemned Sunday's arson attack at Cape Town station which resulted in two trains being destroyed by a fire. 

Van der Merwe to lead establishment of Gauteng Transport Authority 

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2019 Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe will, in the short term, steer the establishment of the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. ‘Short term’ refers to a period of six months. Van der Merwe will remain in his position as... 

Van der Merwe to lead establishment of Gauteng Transport Authority
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Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi and GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe

Transnet to meet OEMs this month in bid to reach settlement on ‘unlawful’ locomotive contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2019 State-owned logistics group Transnet will, during the course of April and May, seek to secure “just and equitable” negotiations with the four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying it with 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives under a R49-billion procurement programme concluded in... 

Transnet to meet OEMs this month in bid to reach settlement on ‘unlawful’ locomotive contracts

Nzimande instructs PRASA board to improve the reliability of trains

By: African News Agency      12th April 2019 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has instructed the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board to improve reliability of trains and trains cancellations by 60% and 41% improvement respectively. This comes after a meeting Nzimande had with PRASA which was prompted when president Cyril... 

Traxtion showcases new Rosslyn-based locomotive maintenance, refurbishment facility 

10th April 2019 Private locomotive and rail operation Traxtion last month showcased its new maintenance and refurbishment facility, in Rosslyn, as part of the company’s plans to increase its capacity to provide locomotive rebuild and overhaul services for Africa. Simone Liedtke, who attended the event, tells us... 

Traxtion showcases new Rosslyn-based locomotive maintenance, refurbishment facility
Traxtion showcases new Rosslyn-based locomotive maintenance, refurbishment facility

President Ramaphosa vows to improve failing rail service  

By: African News Agency      9th April 2019 South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed himself to improving the rail transportation industry which has been criticised in recent years for poor and inefficient service. Ramaphosa, who visited Cape Town central train station on Tuesday morning, said: "I went onto a train in... 

President Ramaphosa vows to improve failing rail service
President Cyril Ramaphosa
 

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