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Rail News

Ten bid for Gauteng speed train

11th April 2002 Ten companies have presented bids following a request for prequalification (RFQ) submissions for the Gauteng Rapid Rail Project. 

Software derails rail asset inaccuracies

By: Deborah Spicer     5th April 2002 The rail industry may become a significant market for Spescom’s configuration-management (CM) software following its use by the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) and Railtrack, in the UK. 

BEE transport outsourcing deal

29th March 2002 One of South Africa’s leading domestic delivery service companies, Sun Couriers, has signed a deal worth about R40-million a year, whereby 74 former employees who worked in the trucking division, have taken control of the company’s inter-city road transport deliveries. 

Championing local manufacture

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The window of opportunity is widening for South Africa’s local manufacturers who have retained strong engineering departments, honed their global competitiveness and gained black economic-empowerment status. 

Locomotives refurbished

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The transport division of Alstom of Driehoek, Germiston, has won a contract to refurbish and upgrade 31 heavy-haul locomotives for South Africa’s State-owned rail company Spoornet. 

Tenders this year for Cape toll ring road

29th March 2002 Tender documents for the construction of a proposed toll ring road around the Cape metropolitan area could be prepared before the end of this year. 

Malawi airline privatisation advances

By: Marcel Chimwala     29th March 2002 MALAWI – Plans to privatise Malawi's sole airline, state-owned Air Malawi, are at an advanced stage. 

SA's rail tariffs shoot up

26th March 2002 South African rail utility Spoornet will sharply increase tariffs to move maize, wheat, oilseeds and other basic foods, raising concerns from food producers that the rise will further push up inflation. 

Public meetings for bullet train

22nd March 2002 Members of the public who are interested in or affected by the proposed new rapid rail link project, known as Gautrain, have an opportunity to attend public meetings to be held in Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank, Kempton Park, Pretoria and Centurion during April. 

Travelling the merry road to confusion

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th March 2002 Previously I griped about the changing of road names and I pointed out that the naming of anything should not be used as an exercise to honour anybody, but should be an exercise in enabling travellers, or the postman, to find their way about. 

R470m toll upgrade nears end

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th March 2002 The R470-million contract to upgrade the N3 highway from Johannesburg to Durban – being undertaken by Dabulantaba, a joint venture involving Grinaker-LTA, Murray & Roberts and Fikile Projects – is expected to be completed by mid-year. 

Overloaders beware, the contractors are coming

15th March 2002 While rail companies have to bankroll the development and maintenance of their own infrastructure, road-freight companies do not incur direct expenses for highway construction or maintenance. 

50 new buses roll out in Soweto

8th March 2002 Bus operator Putco has introduced 50 new buses into its Greater Soweto fleet, valued at R40-million. 

Consensus at last on SA rail restructuring

8th March 2002 Government and Spoornet labour representatives have reached an agreement regarding the recommendations of the task team that set out the final model for the restructuring of Spoornet. 

Blue IQ – Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, Gauteng

6th March 2002 At the time of going to press the tendering process for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Project has begun with the request for pre-qualification (RFQ). 

Big station-upgrade programme launched

6th March 2002 Rail transport company Spoornet has signed a multimillion-rand contract with Intersite Property Management Services to upgrade and expand Shosholoza Meyl passenger facilities in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. 

Gov excited by public–private infrastructure opportunities

1st March 2002 Investment in infrastructure holds the potential to stimulate economic development, while at the same time representing a substantial investment in people as a result of job creation, the development of entrepreneurs and, training and skills transfer. 

Bullet train enviro study by August

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2002 Following a number of open days held to provide more information to the public and other partners, the next phase in laying tracks for the Shilowa express are focus group meetings which takes place from this month until July. 

Gautrain tender process starts today

25th February 2002 The Gautrain has passed its feasibility test and the tendering process will start today with the request for pre-qualification (RFQ). 

Road congestion costs country R1bn/y

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2002 Gauteng road users are in for a shake-up as the provincial Department of Public Transport and Public Works is implementing 18 projects in an attempt to ease road congestion. 

Transport inefficiencies need urgent attention

22nd February 2002 Inefficiency problems across South African transport networks have become a matter of urgency at a time when South African business should be ultra competitive in international markets, as a result of the considerable depreciation of the rand in 2000 and 2001. 

Taxi recap plan still in reverse?

4th February 2002 It seems to have disappeared in the bureaucratic void specially reserved for struggling government projects, to now only be quietly muttered about as such as a good idea at the time, but political suicide should it continue. 

Taxi recap plan still in reverse?

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2002 It seems to have disappeared in the bureaucratic void specially reserved for struggling government projects, to now only be quietly muttered about as such as a good idea at the time, but political suicide should it continue. 

R200m upgrade for SA–Moz rail link welcomed

1st February 2002 While the announcement of a R200-million upgrade of the South Africa–Mozambique railway line by South African railway utility Spoornet has been welcomed, current and potential users have warned that the investment will be beneficial in the long term only if several related problems were... 

SA railway utility now in 18 African countries

31st January 2002 Following its latest concession to operate the Ressano Garcia–Machava railway line in Mozambique, South African railway utility Spoornet is now active in railway-related projects in 18 African countries. 

Nine stations planned for Gauteng bullet

30th January 2002 The Gauteng provincial government has announced the location of the nine stations for the proposed speed-train link between Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as Sandton and the Johannesburg International Airport. 

Engineering industry gears up for Gauteng bullet train

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2002 There is significant interest from the engineering industry in building and operating the proposed bullet train link between Johannesburg to Pretoria, and Sandton and the Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), says project leader and Gauteng Public transport, Roads and Works department head... 

Container giants leaving South Africa high and dry

By: Keith Campbell     18th January 2002 SA ports are quite unable to handle the new giant post Panamax container ships now in service – worldwide these ships are forcing harbour construction at established or new sites. 

Bids invited for East London–Umtata rail link

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th December 2001 The planned East London–Umtata railway line project, in the Eastern Cape, edged closer to implementation late last month, when the province’s Transport Department invited local and international firms to submit bids for preliminary designs, incremental detailed designs for priority... 

Commuter train upgrade on a roll

By: nkolola halwindi     14th December 2001 Every year, South Africa’s commuter rail loses about R75-million as a result of vandalism on trains, reports Metrorail CEO Honey Mateya. 

Keeping commuters safe and sound

By: nkolola halwindi     14th December 2001 Mobility is vital to the integration of society at every level and transport is the hub around which the nation thrives. In South Africa, like many of the countries of sub-Sahara Africa, the rail network lies at the heart of the economy. 

Innovation leads coach upgrade

By: nkolola halwindi     14th December 2001 Innovative design and manufacturing methods have been used for the upgrade of Metrorail’s 88 coaches for use in Gauteng, reports Union Carriage and Wagon designer Raymond Roodt. 

Four bidders for Zambia’s railways

11th December 2001 South Africa’s Spoornet and US firm Edlow Resources are among four companies bidding to operate and manage the assets of Zambia Railways, officials from Zambia’s privatisation agency said. 

Building an African rail icon

3rd December 2001 An incredible level of consensus appears to have emerged between the key social partners – government, management and labour – at State-owned rail company Spoornet over the last few months. 

Building an African rail icon

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 An incredible level of consensus appears to have emerged between the key social partners – government, management and labour – at State-owned rail company Spoornet over the last few months. 

Blueprint for general freight

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 The troubled general freight business (GFB) within State-owned railways company, Spoornet, is putting the final touches to a ‘blueprint’ for improving its service in six separate industry clusters, which cut across some 15 specialised industries. 

R9bn expenditure

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 Railways company Spoornet has started with its 15-year, R9-billion locomotive renewal programmes designed to reduce the average age of the fleet from nearly 30 years to around 12 years. 

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