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Man electrocuted on roof of Cape Town train

By: News24Wire      23rd January 2019 A man was electrocuted on top of a train travelling from Philippi to Cape Town early on Wednesday morning, Metrorail Western Cape has confirmed. "It was the first train of the day and it is unclear what led to the incident. Emergency services, the police, Metrorail crews, forensics and a mortuary... 

New construction process proposed for Gautrain expansion project

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2019 More than halfway through the 15-year Gautrain concession period, Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe says he is pleased with the operation of the 80-km rail system. “Looking back at building the Gautrain there are positives and negatives. A positive is that we have an... 

 New construction process proposed for Gautrain expansion project

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2019 Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contracts awarded to four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. The State-owned freight logistics group has also indicated that... 

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts
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Transnet chairperson Dr Popo Molefe

Alstom warns Siemens rail deal could be blocked by Europe

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 Alstom and Siemens’s planned rail merger appeared to be increasingly in danger of collapse, with the French company warning of a possible block by European antitrust regulators and its former German rival said to be considering alternatives for its business. “It’s a very frustrating moment for... 

Gautrain seeks ways to grow ridership as 2018 hits govt's pocket 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2019 The patronage guarantee payable by the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) to the Bombela Concession Company (BCC), as the Gautrain operator, has increased from R1.34-billion in the 2016/17 financial year, to around R1.5-billion for the 2017/18 financial year. GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe says the... 

Gautrain seeks ways to grow ridership as 2018 hits govt's pocket

Alstom, APIX celebrate Coradia Polyvalent’s first journey in Senegal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 Integrated transport systems provider Alstom and APIX, the agency responsible for the promotion of investment and major works in Senegal, this week celebrated the first voyage of the Coradia Polyvalent train, in Dakar. The event took place in the presence of Senegal President Macky Sall and... 

Cable theft causes major delays for Pretoria commuter trains

By: African News Agency      11th January 2019 Train operator Metrorail said on Friday its service between Belle Ombre-Mabopane-Pretoria and Garankuwa-Pretoria had been severely disrupted due to overhead catenary wires stolen at Wintersnest.  It said trains from Mabopane and Garankuwa stations were turning around at Wintersnest station as a... 

Train accident highlights need for industry-wide solution, stronger regulator – RRA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th January 2019 An industry-wide solution and a strengthened railway regulator with more powers are needed to prevent future train accidents, such as the one that claimed the lives of four people and resulted in the injury of hundreds more earlier this week, industry body, the Rail Road Association (RRA) said in... 

Rail Enforcement Unit a success story, says Cape Town mayor

By: African News Agency      10th January 2019 Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato on Wednesday said the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) -- which provides an additional 100 law enforcement officers to the existing security personnel in meeting Metrorail’s security challenges -- has been a success story and will assist in stabilising the urban rail service... 

Estimated cost of Pretoria train crash is R21m – Metrorail

By: News24Wire      8th January 2019 The estimated financial cost of Tuesday's train collision in Pretoria amounts to R21-million, Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said. Mofokeng was speaking at the scene, as the two remaining bodies trapped under the wreckage were removed. Three people have been confirmed dead as a result of... 

Despite unsuccessful tender, Gautrain remains on the lookout for new trains 

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2019 An almost three-year tender process, initiated in February 2016, to secure additional train sets for the Gautrain system, has failed to deliver the desired results, with none of the three short-listed bidders producing a compliant bid. However, the Gautrain system remains in need of additional... 

 Despite unsuccessful tender, Gautrain remains on the lookout for new trains

Alstom, Evershold Rail unveil design for new hydrogen train for UK market

By: Simone Liedtke     7th January 2019 Rail transport companies Alstom and Eversholt Rail have unveiled the design of a new hydrogen train for the UK market. The train, called Breeze, will be a conversion of the existing Class 321 trains, which reengineers some of the UK’s most reliable rolling stock, to create a clean train for the... 

Train derailment investigation points to sabotage – Transnet

By: Reuters     21st December 2018 Transnet hopes to re-open on Saturday one of two closed coal export lines linking mines to the Richards Bay export terminal after it was closed following a train derailment, the State-run freight company said on Friday. A preliminary investigation into the cause of the derailment points to... 

War of words continues between Prasa and former acting CEO Letsoalo

By: African News Agency      20th December 2018 The war of words between former acting chief executive at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Collins Letsoalo, and board members continued on Thursday with with him accusing them of lying, subterfuge and diversions. The charge came after the PRASA board urged on Wednesday urged... 

War of words continues between Prasa and former acting CEO Letsoalo
Collins Letsoalo

Transnet misses H1 export coal target

By: Mariaan Webb     19th December 2018 Freight logistics group Transnet has missed its half-year coal export target by 2.3-million tons, the State-owned company reported on Wednesday, citing locomotive failures, community unrest, as well as customer and export terminal constraints. The export coal line, which connects mines in... 

Transnet misses H1 export coal target

No compliant bids received for additional Gautrain rolling stock  

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2018 It is back to the drawing board for the procurement of additional rolling stock for the Gautrain system, after the prequalified bidders’ submissions failed to meet procurement requirements. The three prequalified bidders – Bombardier Transport, CRRC E-Loco Supply and Egoli Rail Consortium... 

No compliant bids received for additional Gautrain rolling stock

I was dismissed from Prasa for uncovering looters, says Collins Letsoalo 

By: African News Agency      17th December 2018 Collins Letsoalo, former acting chief of Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), said on Monday that his dismissal from the troubled entity was due to "a web of corruption and looters" he had unearthed during his walkabouts and roadshows at the agency, and never about an alleged massive salary... 

 I was dismissed from Prasa for uncovering looters, says Collins Letsoalo
Collins Letsoalo

PRASA closes Pretoria station for 40 days for maintenance

By: News24Wire      14th December 2018 If you take a train from Metrorail's Bosman station in Pretoria as part of your commute to work, you'll need to consider other modes of transport. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be carrying out maintenance at the station, completely closing it to the public for at least 40... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is going back to the future as it seeks to close an estimated 1.3-billion ton coal shortfall that it calculates will arise over the remaining life of its coal-fired power station fleet. The shortfall calculation takes account of the decommissioning of the... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole
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Primary energy division GM Dan Mashigo

Transnet goods train derails, blocks major line in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      10th December 2018 A Transnet goods train derailed between Tygerberg and Bellville railway stations in Cape Town on Monday, severely delaying commuter services. "Under current circumstances, delays could exceed 120 minutes," Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said. Scott said the derailment occurred around 08:30... 

Gibela delivers its first South African made train to PRASA 

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2018 Gibela has delivered its first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The train was dispatched from Gibela’s new train manufacturing complex at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, this week, travelling to Prasa’s Wolmerton depot, north of... 

Gibela delivers its first South African made train to PRASA
The first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train on its way to the Wolmerton depot

South Africa’s 'dysfunctional' rail system root of many transport problems 

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2018 South Africa has a “completely dysfunctional" passenger rail system, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). “There is no way to sugarcoat it. “The fact that we cannot get a rail system working in this country is probably... 

South Africa’s 'dysfunctional' rail system root of many transport problems

Transnet to modify operating model, corporate structure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2018 State-owned Transnet last week held a board strategy workshop to review the group’s deteriorating financial and operational performance. The first resolution to come out of the workshop was on the principles for the corporate design of a new operating model that is underpinned by financial... 

Transnet to modify operating model, corporate structure
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Transnet acting group CE Tau Morwe

Swifambo loses SCA bid to retain R3.5bn 'tall trains' PRASA tender

By: News24Wire      30th November 2018 Controversial locomotive supplier Swifambo Rail Leasing has lost a Supreme Court of Appeal challenge to a High Court order that stripped it of a R3.5-billion tender with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Last year, Judge J Francis in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg... 

Afreximbank ropes in Russian companies to invest in railway projects in Africa

By: African News Agency      30th November 2018 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) said on Friday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Russian Railways and the Russian Export Center (REC) to cooperate in implementing export and investment projects in the railway sector in Africa. Under the terms of the MoU, the parties... 

Saldanha iron-ore rail line to remain shut until Dec 9 after truck accident

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th November 2018 State-owned Transnet has stopped all rail activity along the Saldanha iron-ore export line after a truck carrying an abnormal load with excessive height collided with a railway bridge between Vredendal and Lutzville, in the Western Cape. The accident, which took place at about 10:00 on Wednesday... 

Durban train delays in the spotlight

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 "He didn't even wait for me to explain why I was late. I was just told to pack my things and leave," says Philile Nzimande, who was fired from her job because of Durban Metrorail train delays. Nzimande said she had arrived two hours late after the train from Umlazi "stopped in the middle of... 

African countries urged to sign Luxembourg Protocol at Zimbabwe PIDA meeting

By: African News Agency      27th November 2018 African countries have been urged to sign the Luxembourg Protocol by Soteri Gatera, the chief of industrialisation and infrastructure at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Gatera made the call during his presentation titled, ‘The Luxembourg Rail Protocol: Railway Rolling Stock Financing –... 

Guinea bauxite miner to build new railway in $3bn deal

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2018 Societe Miniere de Boke, which mines aluminum raw material bauxite in Guinea, signed agreements with the West African nation to spend $3-billion on a railway, an alumina refinery and the development of new mining areas. The 135 km railway, which will link mining operations to a river terminal,... 

R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment  

22nd November 2018 Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opened the R1-billion, 78ha Gibela train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar Park, in Johannesburg. The facility will manufacture, assemble, test, commission and deliver 580 new X’Trapolis Mega commuter trains for Prasa. Nadine James tells us more. 

R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment
R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment

Audit outcomes of State-owned entities continue to regress

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 The audit outcomes of State-owned entities (SOEs) have regressed over the past financial year compared with both the previous year and 2014/15. The 2017/18 general report for the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) said there was an increase in noncompliance of the 16 SOEs it audited. It also... 

Gibela to hand over SA-built train before year-end 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th November 2018 The first new Xtra’polis Mega commuter train to be built in South Africa since the 1970s is undergoing final testing at transport consortium Gibela’s train manufacturing facility in Dunnottar, Gauteng, ahead of being handed over before the end of 2018 to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa... 

Gibela to hand over SA-built train before year-end

Repair, maintenance vital for infrastructure life span

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 Preventive maintenance and the timeous repair of infrastructure can save significant costs and extend the life of infrastructure, says specialised construction products supplier a.b.e. Construction Chemicals general construction sales manager Warren Trew. “Unfortunately, many players in the... 

Repair, maintenance vital for infrastructure life span
BRIDGE RESORATION a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is involved in the restoration of bridges on the N17 and N14

Project to have major economic impact

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 The Motherwell Passenger Rail Corridor (MPRC), one of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) largest rail projects, will have a major economic impact, with significant benefits, says multidisciplinary engineering and architecture company GIBB railway engineering associate Nico... 

Project to  have major economic impact
MOTHERWELL PASSENGER RAIL CORRIDOR The construction of the railway line and associated infrastructure is scheduled to start in 2022/23

GE pulls out of Nigeria rail concession, hands over to Transnet

By: Bloomberg     15th November 2018 General Electric (GE) said it’s giving up a Nigerian railway concession and handing it over to Transnet in line with its strategy to exit the transportation business. Agreements GE reached with the Nigerian government “are now being negotiated by Transnet and its consortium partners” including... 

Johannesburg Park Station platforms to be closed for a month

By: African News Agency      13th November 2018 Passenger Railway Agency South Africa (PRASA) on Tuesday said the majority of Johannesburg Park Station platforms will be closed with limited train services accessing the station between November 16 and December 16. PRASA said their modernisation programme aimed at rolling out new modernised... 

Nothing sinister about the new fleet of vehicles, PRASA spokesperson says

By: African News Agency      7th November 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Wednesday in response to media speculation on its new fleet, said installation of tracking devices had delayed sending vehicles it acquired recently to operational areas.  Media reports said that a total of 174 brand-new vehicles, which were... 

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