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Rail News

Transnet coal train collision claims two lives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2019 State-owned freight utility Transnet on Wednesday announced two fatalities and two severe injuries after a head-on collision between two trains at the Matlabas crossing, which is located between Thabazimbi and Lephalale, in Limpopo. The collision happened on Tuesday evening between a train with... 

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola 

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2019 With Johannesburg no longer the city of gold, Gauteng has to develop a new economic plan for the future, says Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Jacob Mamabola. “Smart mobility can be one of the biggest next economies of Gauteng. I think we can reposition transport . . . build an economy around... 

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola

TMH Africa introduces South African facility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2019 Railway engineering company TMH Africa plans to use its new 45 000 m2 rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, to serve the country and continent, TMH Africa CEO Jerome Boyet said during a media tour of the facility on Wednesday. The company unveiled the facility in April, after... 

TMH Africa introduces South African facility
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Completed components

Public transport requires greater integration

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th October 2019 Public transport in the country is not performing effectively, efficiently and to its full potential, owing to the various modes of public transport not being integrated. This was indicated by a representative from the Department of Transport during a Transport Forum discussion of bus-rapid... 

RSR 'reckless' for allowing PRASA trains on tracks – transport union

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2019 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) believes that the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) is reckless for allowing Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) trains to stay on the tracks. The union's comments come after the release of the latest railway safety statistics by Transport... 

Railway Safety Regulator is 'reckless' for allowing Prasa trains on tracks – transport union 

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2019 The United National Transport Union believes that the Railway Safety Regulator is reckless for allowing Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa trains to stay on the tracks. The union's comments come after the release of the latest railway safety statistics by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on... 

Railway Safety Regulator is 'reckless' for allowing Prasa trains on tracks – transport union

South32's Fraser stresses importance of reliable, competitively priced electricity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2019 An overarching challenge to businesses of all sizes in South Africa, is the lack of reliable and competitive power, says South32 COO Mike Fraser. The reliable and competitive supply of power, he adds, “is critical” to the country’s future industrial growth and the creation of jobs. 

South32's Fraser stresses importance of reliable, competitively priced electricity
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
South32 COO Mike Fraser

Railway safety: Fatalities down, injuries to commuters up by 23%

By: News24Wire      1st October 2019 There's been a a decrease in railway fatalities, but an increase in the number of commuters injured due to "operational occurrences", according to the latest railway safety statistics revealed by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday. The statistics are contained in the annual State of... 

PRASA appoints human capital exec, chief procurement officer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2019 State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has appointed Thandeka Ndilikazi group executive for human capital and Keabetswe Mpane group chief procurement officer, effective October 1. "The two executives are the best appointments for the agency as they possess critical skills that... 

Transnet sees slump in export coal volumes as ‘cyclical not structural’ 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2019 State-owned logistics group Transnet reported a 6.5% fall, from 77-million tons to 72-million tons, in export coal volumes in 2018/19, but described the decline as cyclical rather than structural. The group attributed the slump to “operational challenges, derailments, community unrest, train... 

Transnet sees slump in export coal volumes as ‘cyclical not structural’
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy on the 6.5% fall in export coal volumes in 2018/19, which he describes as cyclical rather than structural. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.9.2019

Transnet aims to secure settlements on ‘unlawful’ loco contracts by end of financial year  

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2019 State-owned logistics company Transnet reported on Monday that settlement talks were under way with all four original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying it with 1 064 new diesel and electric locomotives under contracts that had since been deemed “irregular and unlawful” by the group. Under... 

Transnet aims to secure settlements on ‘unlawful’ loco contracts by end of financial year
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy on the group's settlement talks with four original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying it with 1 064 new diesel and electric locomotives under contracts that have been deemed “irregular and unlawful” by the group. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.9.2019

Transnet reports dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49bn  

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet received yet another qualified audit for its 2018/19 financial year and also announced a dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49-billion, after locomotive contracts valued at R41.5-billion where added to the figure, which stood at R8-billion at... 

Transnet reports dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49bn
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy outlines the reason for the group receiving yet another qualified audit during the 2018/19 financial year, as well as the dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49-billion. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.9.2019

Bellville, Strand train services cancelled for weekend maintenance work

By: News24Wire      27th September 2019 Metrorail has announced several train lines will be out of service on certain routes in the Western Cape between Friday and Sunday, requesting commuters to take different routes or use alternative transportation for the weekend. The central line between Bellville and Cape Town via Lavistown will... 

Doctored qualifications: 'Dr' Daniel Mthimkhulu ordered to pay PRASA R5.7m

By: News24Wire      23rd September 2019 Daniel Mthimkhulu, a former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) executive who was fired for lying about his qualifications and who played a central role in the "too tall" trains tender scandal, has been ordered to pay PRASA back R5.7-million. The amount was paid to Mthimkhulu after he... 

City of Johannesburg won't turn on water at Sandton Gautrain station until owners pay R8m

By: News24Wire      23rd September 2019 The City of Johannesburg is not prepared to entertain the Sandton Gautrain station's landlord, Cedar Park Properties, even in a court of law, until it pays R8-million the City claims it owes, Mayor Herman Mashaba says. Mashaba told News24 on Monday: "Be guaranteed, for as long as we don't get our... 

TFR to start yearly iron-ore line shutdown on September 26 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2019 The yearly shutdown of State-owned Transnet Freight Rail’s iron-ore rail line is planned to start on September 26 and end on October 5. The maintenance window presents an opportunity for the entity to catch up on maintenance backlogs, such as replacing old and obsolete infrastructure, while... 

Alstom at the forefront of rail development in Southern Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2019 The development of rail transport and infrastructure in Southern Africa is expected to increase in the upcoming years owing to rapid urbanisation, population growth and increasing environmental concerns, and Alstom is well poised to contribute to this, says Alstom South Africa CEO Xavier... 

Alstom at the forefront of rail development in Southern Africa
Xavier Boisgontier

Rail Enforcement Unit to prioritise safety and security of Metrorail commuters for another year

By: African News Agency      18th September 2019 The deployment of the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) that prioritises the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure in Cape Town has been extended for another year. On Wednesday morning, Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela, Passenger Rail Service of... 

Transnet, Kalagadi cement partnership with R3bn Meca 2 contract 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2019 Black-owned and woman-led Kalagadi Manganese and State-owned Transnet have cemented a partnership that will allow for the transportation of an initial one-million tonnes a year of beneficiated manganese in the form of sinter. The contract will earn Transnet in excess of R3-billion and volumes may... 

Transnet, Kalagadi cement partnership with R3bn Meca 2 contract
Kalagadi founder and chairperson Daphne Mashile-Nkosi and Transnet chief customer officer Mike Fanucchi

Govt looking to create 'certainty' in local steel, manufacturing industries 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2019 Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Phumulo Masualle on Friday said the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) was looking to create “a sense of certainty” in the local steel and manufacturing industries by leveraging investments from State-owned entities (SOEs). This, he told delegates at the... 

Govt looking to create 'certainty' in local steel, manufacturing industries
Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Phumulo Masualle discusses measures being implemented by government to create more certainty for the domestic steel and manufacturing sectors. Video: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Freight challenges create import-export difficulties

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 South Africa is facing many challenges, but those in freight logistics are among the most serious, says industry association South African Association of Freight Forwarders national maritime consultant Dave Watts. 

20 injured as Cape Town train derails at Bellville station

By: News24Wire      12th September 2019 Some 20 passengers have been treated for minor injuries after a train derailed at Bellville station on Thursday morning, according to Metrorail. Three carriages of the Cape Town-bound train derailed at about 06:08 on the Kuils River side of the station, the commuter rail service operator said. 

'War room' working to get PRASA back on track as passenger trips plunge

By: News24Wire      11th September 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa says a "war room" - established to improve the State-owned entity’s fortunes - is already at work, a month after it was launched. Passenger trips plunged from 634-million in 2010 to 208-million in the 2018-19 financial year, a decrease of 67%. The agency... 

 'War room' working to get PRASA back on track as passenger trips plunge

Union says PRASA's 'war room' is ineffective

By: African News Agency      9th September 2019 The Passenger Rail Service  Agency of South Africa's state-of-the-art nerve centre known as a "war room"  is ineffective and has had no impact on the train services, the United National Transport Union said on Monday. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula launched the Germiston-based nerve centre... 

Union says PRASA's 'war room' is ineffective

Regulator grants approval for new PRASA trains on Mamelodi corridor

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Thursday received approval from the Rail Safety Regulator to operate new trains along the Pretoria–Pienaarspoort corridor, in Mamelodi. “The deployment of the new trains also known as the ‘people’s train’ is testament to the success of the... 

Eskom in negotiations for dedicated coal mine for Kusile 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th September 2019 State-owned power utility Eskom is in negotiations with mining houses for the proposed development of a cost-plus coal mine, solely for supplying coal to the new Kusile power station, Eskom senior project manager Karabo Rakgolela said on Thursday. Speaking at the Mining Coal Symposium, in... 

Eskom in negotiations for dedicated coal mine for Kusile
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
Eskom senior project manager Karabo Rakgolela

PRASA appoints first permanent CFO in five years

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has appointed Japhtalina Lesibana Fosu CFO, effective September 2. PRASA had been without a permanent CFO since 2014, which resulted in an unstable finance department, which has not delivered clean audits since 2014.  

Ramaphosa asks for probe into PRASA

By: Bloomberg     30th August 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has referred allegations of maladministration at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to the state’s Special Investigating Unit. The SIU is mandated to probe allegations of improper or unlawful conduct by employees, unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public... 

Ctrack Logistics Barometer shows encouraging upward momentum 

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has joined forces with economists.co.za to create the Ctrack Logistics Barometer. The Ctrack Logistics Barometer aims to be an accurate co-incident indicator of the state of the South African economy, particularly in terms of the goods economy,... 

Ctrack Logistics Barometer shows encouraging upward momentum
Mike Schüssler

PRASA IT exec dismissed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has dismissed its group executive for information technology Chris Mbhatha. PRASA said in a statement on Thursday that Mbhatha had been found guilty of having been involved in the illegal awarding of a contract to Siyangena Technologies for the... 

PRASA War Room fully operational this month 

22nd August 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, or PRASA’s, new war room became fully operational earlier this month, with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula officiating its opening. 

PRASA War Room fully operational this month
PRASA War Room fully operational this month

Africa’s first high-speed train line fully operational

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     16th August 2019 The Al Boraq high-speed train line, which links the cities of Tangier and Casablanca, in Morocco, is fully operational. Railway infrastructure constructor Colas Rail, a subsidiary of construction  company the Colas Group, built a 182 km/s electrified double track between Tangier and Kenitra.... 

Africa’s first high-speed train line fully operational
FROM POINT A TO B The new railway infrastructure allows for a maximum operational speed of 320 km/h and leads to a two-and-a-half-hour gain between Tangiers and Casablanca

High-tech composites manufacturing factory opens in Gauteng 

15th August 2019 One of the world’s leading composites manufacturers, BFG, has invested R50-million in a new Gauteng factory to supply components for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s new commuter trains. 

High-tech composites manufacturing factory opens in Gauteng
High-tech composites manufacturing factory opens in Gauteng

Department says PRASA war room ‘off to a good start’

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Ministerial war room is said to have gotten “off to a good start”, following its first day of operation this week. Launched by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula last week, the war room forms part of interventions put in place to address the... 

Department says PRASA war room ‘off to a good start’
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula during the launch of the War Room

DBSA contests Daily Maverick claims

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th August 2019 The board and executive committee of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on Tuesday noted their concern over the “unfounded allegations contained in a Daily Maverick article of August 11. The DBSA strongly refuted the allegations in the article, saying these were based on inaccurate... 

PRASA demands outstanding debt from Autopax 

By: Irma Venter     13th August 2019 Autopax must pay its outstanding debt by August 15, or the bus service will be refused access to the train stations operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). PRASA operates the Metrorail commuter rail and Shosholoza Meyl long-distance rail services. 

PRASA demands outstanding debt from Autopax
Park station, in Johannesburg

PRASA war room to be operational next week  

By: Simone Liedtke     8th August 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) War Room will be fully operational from August 12, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula promised on Thursday. In officiating the launch of the war room, which was based in Johannesburg, he explained that it was a physical space that would enable... 

PRASA war room to be operational next week
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
 

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