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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... 

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
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Transnet welcomes High Court ruling on MNS Attorneys

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th August 2019 State-owned Transnet has welcomed the Gauteng South High Court’s ruling on Monday, confirming that law firm MNS Attorneys has the authority to act on its behalf in pursuing those involved in State capture. MNS is one of a number of law firms that provides services to Transnet. 

Public transport subsidy policy to go to Cabinet at end of 2020 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2019 Future of Transport (FOT) Consulting expects the new policy on South Africa’s public transport subsidy regime to be finalised and presented to Cabinet for approval by the end of 2020. FOT Consulting strategic planning and transformation specialist Rehana Moosajee says a draft policy document... 

Public transport subsidy policy to go to Cabinet at end of 2020

Operator provides rail haulage services for project

2nd August 2019 Australian strategic metals company TNG has entered into a binding heads of agreement (HoA) with railroad owner and operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA), for the provision of rail haulage services for its flagship 100%-owned Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, located 235 km north of... 

Freight utility breaks record, tests 375-wagon manganese train

2nd August 2019 State-owned freight utility Transnet recently broke its own record by testing a 375-wagon manganese train representing the production train with the highest number of wagons globally. Transnet operates more than 30 000 km of rail network across the country and as reported last month holds the... 

Freight utility breaks record, tests 375-wagon manganese train
Photo by Creamer media
STEAMING AHEAD Transnet is steaming ahead with its vision of being one of the top five railway companies in the world

Intervention in place to improve agency’s operational performance

2nd August 2019 A decisive intervention to turn around Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and improve its operational performance while rebuilding its engineering capacity to drive the modernisation programme is in place, said Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula in his first Budget Vote speech last... 

Intervention in place to improve agency’s operational performance
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
FIKILE MBALULA Achieving efficiencies in rail will go a long way towards addressing challenges brought about by congestion on our road network

Railway company receives €45-million order

2nd August 2019 Rail transport company Alstom has received an order of about  €45-million for the delivery of eight Coradia Lint regional trains from passenger railway operator Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn. The trains will be built at Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, and will be delivered in the second half... 

Digital twinning, robotic testing, hydrogen trains and the railways 

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2019 There are numerous digital technologies available to help develop the railway systems of the future, says University of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education director Professor Clive Roberts. Roberts also leads the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) digital systems... 

Digital twinning, robotic testing, hydrogen trains and the railways

Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana readies himself for State capture inquiry

By: News24Wire      29th July 2019 Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana says he is "ready to testify before the Zondo commission" of inquiry into State capture. On July 26, Montana submitted a letter, notifying the commission of his intention to make a submission and testify in August. 

Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana readies himself for State capture inquiry
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Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana

This is why Metrorail employees are striking

By: News24Wire      26th July 2019 Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) employees – or at least some of them – is holding a one-day strike on Friday. The United National Transport Union (Untu) will hold marches in several cities "to fix our trains". 

Passenger railway services running despite strike action – PRASA

By: African News Agency      26th July 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) said on Friday train services were running smoothly despite Fedusa and Untu union members embarking on a strike. PRASA spokesperson Nana Zenani said employees not affiliated to Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and United National... 

New transport DG to prioritise PRASA security 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th July 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday announced Alec Moemi as the new director-general of the Department of Transport, effective August 1. Moemi was the former Department of Sports and Recreation director-general. 

New transport DG to prioritise PRASA security
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Mbalula names new transport director general who will tackle e-tolls, Prasa  

By: News24Wire      24th July 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has named Alec Moemi as Director General of the Transport Department. The Department of Transport has been without a DG since May 2016, after the suspension and passing of former DG Godfrey Selepe. Moemi will also focus on addressing challenges at the Passenger... 

Mbalula names new transport director general who will tackle e-tolls, Prasa
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Transport society wants Mbalula to draft planning progamme to 2050 

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2019 A large number of people believed South Africa would never be able to host the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, yet the country organised this global event to international acclaim, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. How did this happen? 

Transport society wants Mbalula to draft planning progamme to 2050

Two take empty passenger train for Friday night joyride

By: News24Wire      23rd July 2019 Two unknown suspects went off the rails on Friday night and stole an empty passenger train before driving it from eMkhomazi to Umgababa in KwaZulu-Natal – a distance of 12 km. Passenger Rail Agency Agency of South Africa (PRASA) spokesperson Zama Nomnganga confirmed the incident to News24, saying... 

AFRO4000 locomotives to be auctioned off 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2019 Online auction house WH Auctioneers will, in September, auction off 13 AFRO4000 locomotives that were initially procured for use on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) long-distance network. The auction will open on September 1 and close on September 12.  

AFRO4000 locomotives to be auctioned off
PRASA AFRO4001

City's business plan to take over passenger rail service in Cape Town approved

By: African News Agency      19th July 2019 A business plan has been approved to incrementally take over the management of the failing rail network in Cape Town, Mayor Dan Plato said. Speaking at the Integrated Urban Transformations South-South Knowledge Exchange, hosted by the City of Cape Town this week, Plato said that over the last few... 

Bahrain composites group aiming to use PRASA contract as platform for expansion into other sectors  

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2019 Composites multinational BFG International, of Bahrain, has officially opened a R50-million factory in Ekurhuleni, South Africa, to supply fibreglass components for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) new trains. The investment, which is the first-ever by a Bahraini... 

Bahrain composites group aiming to use PRASA contract as platform for expansion into other sectors
BFG International group president Dr Samer Aljishi in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the company's investment in South Africa and prospects for future growth. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.7.2019

Gautrain looks at procuring pre-owned trains from the UK  

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2019 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is investigating the procurement of pre-owned rolling stock from the UK to address peak-hour congestion on the Gautrain system. This follows as a tender process to secure 12 new four-car train sets for the Gautrain system failed to deliver the desired results... 

Gautrain looks at procuring pre-owned trains from the UK
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