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Grindrod recovers locomotives from Sierra Leone
22nd July 2019 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed freight and financial services company Grindrod has, this month, taken delivery of 20 of its locomotives that had been recovered and transported from Sierra Leone to the Port of Durban.... 


PRASA AFRO4001
AFRO4000 locomotives to be auctioned off
22nd July 2019 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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)... 


Tongo diamond project, Sierra Leone
Tongo diamond project, Sierra Leone
19th July 2019 By: Sheila Barradas

Newfield Resources has progressed with blasting to access an underground mine decline at its Tongo diamond mine. 


Transnet Freight Rail GM Brian Monakali
Heavy haul industry business models to be modelled under 4IR – Monakali
12th July 2019 By: Simone Liedtke

The official 40-page-long International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Vision 2030 Strategy will be published next month. The strategy, which took about 15 months to compile, is expected to unpack... 


Longest Production Train in the World
Longest Production Train in the World
11th July 2019

In an unprecedented move, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) successfully ran a 375 wagon manganese train. The testing of the train took place on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 over a distance of around 861... 


Audits, partnerships important for increasing rail market share
8th July 2019 By: Simone Liedtke

A study by a group of students from the University of Johannesburg’s College of Business and Economics suggests that Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) – which has positioned itself as a low-cost freight... 


Mount Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, Australia
Mount Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, Australia
5th July 2019 By: Sheila Barradas

TNG has signed binding heads of agreement with rail operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia to provide rail haulage services for the project. 


TNG inks train solution for Mt Peake
27th June 2019 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed TNG has inked a binding heads of agreement with rail operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia to provide rail haulage services for the Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the... 


Transnet Freight Rail Breakthrough Technologies
Transnet Freight Rail Breakthrough Technologies
19th June 2019

In a context of increasing competition, growing demand and tighter management of operational and capital costs, freight railways are constantly looking for ways to increase efficiency by boosting... 


EXHIBITION BONANZA
Terrapinn is expecting 250 exhibitors at Africa Rail
Event will address challenges facing African rail industries
14th June 2019 By: Jessica Oosthuizen

Several challenges face Africa’s rail industries, and global events company Terrapinn will host the twenty-second annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference, which aims to tackle these... 


ITUMELENG MUKHOVHA
Mining companies are increasing the use of automation, robots and operational software to overcome stagnant growth
Digital transformation in mining, metals sector poised to generate $425bn over next ten years
14th June 2019 By: Schalk Burger

Mining is transforming rapidly worldwide and becoming more automated, with the mining automation market expected to be worth $3.29-billion by 2023. Digital transformation initiatives in the mining... 


IHHA conference to ‘better equip’ Transnet to take advantage of global knowledge, technology
31st May 2019 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


R1.25bn relocation costs for Transnet train tender 'unjustifiable', inquiry hears
31st May 2019 By: News24Wire

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... 


Getac fully rugged tablets ensure transportation safety for Lithuanian Railways
Getac fully rugged tablets ensure transportation safety for Lithuanian Railways
23rd May 2019

Officially founded in 1919, Lithuanian Railways is the century-old State-owned railway company of Lithuania. It provides passenger and freight services on a network covering nearly 2 000 km of... 


Transnet acting CE Mohammed Mahomedy
Mahomedy tackles locomotive costs, interest rate swaps at Zondo Commission
16th May 2019 By: African News Agency

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... 


Transnet CEO tells Zondo Inquiry of irregularly awarded contracts
16th May 2019 By: African News Agency

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... 


PRASA welcomes Constitutional Court decision on Swifambo matter
13th May 2019 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

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... 


IN-SERVICE TRAINING Artisans provided with competence to perform in the workplace
Theoretical balance crucial in applied competencies assessment
3rd May 2019 By: Thabi Shomolekae

In assessing applied competencies in terms of training and working on mining machinery, there must be a balance between theoretical, practical and workplace competences that are suited to a... 


Localisation can help revive South Africa’s rail industry
3rd May 2019 By: Natasha Odendaal

Original equipment manufacturer Bombardier Transportation South Africa (BTSA) wants to be an integral part of South Africa’s growth story as it pursues localisation ambitions beyond 60%. South... 


TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility
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... 


New acting Transnet CEO Mohammed Mahomedy
Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO
2nd May 2019 By: Terence Creamer

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.... 


Pieter-Louis Myburgh
Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture – Pieter-Louis Myburgh
26th April 2019

In spite of Cyril Ramaphosa’s ‘new dawn’, there are powerful forces in the ruling party that risk losing everything if corruption and State capture finally do come to an end. At the centre of the... 


ROLLING AGAIN
ROLLING AGAIN
19th April 2019

Railway engineering company TMH Africa has restarted operations at a 45 000 m2 rolling-stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, Gauteng. The facility was acquired in 2018 from DCD Rolling Stock,... 


Transnet to meet OEMs this month in bid to reach settlement on ‘unlawful’ locomotive contracts
Transnet to meet OEMs this month in bid to reach settlement on ‘unlawful’ locomotive contracts
12th April 2019 By: Terence Creamer

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... 


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


TPT sets its focus on African port concession opportunities
5th April 2019 By: Shirley le Guern

State-owned Transnet aims, through its Transnet International Holdings entity, to leverage its expertise to secure port concessions across the African continent. Transnet Port Terminals (TPT)... 


TMH dignitaries alongside Gauteng Premier David Makhura unveil rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg
TMH Africa unveils rolling stock factory in Boksburg
2nd April 2019 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Railway engineering company TMH Africa on Tuesday unveiled its 45 000 square metre rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, Gauteng.  


Traxtion unveils new facility to provide locomotive rebuild, overhaul services for Africa
Traxtion unveils new facility to provide locomotive rebuild, overhaul services for Africa
26th March 2019 By: Simone Liedtke

Private locomotive and rail operator Traxtion on Tuesday showcased its new maintenance and refurbishment facility, in Rosslyn, as part of its plans to increase its capacity to provide locomotive... 


Financial loss of train coaches totals more than R600m since April 2018
13th March 2019 By: News24Wire

The total financial loss of train coaches from April 2018 due to aging stock, vandalism, theft and derailment amounted to more than R630-million, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said. In a... 


BHP crew applied brakes to wrong ore train before runaway crash
12th March 2019 By: Bloomberg

BHP Group’s runaway iron-ore train saga has taken another twist. A preliminary report into last year’s calamity in the remote Australian outback has found a rail maintenance crew sent to help the... 


MADELEIN WILLIAMS 
The RSR aims to educate and conduct public awareness activities relating to safe railway operations
Collaboration, safety awareness to mitigate railway fatalities
8th March 2019 By: Khutso Maphatsoe

The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) hopes to collaborate with all stakeholders that have direct or indirect interactions with rail systems to mitigate fatalities associated with railways. These... 


Sierra Metals reports flat Q4 Ebitda, production increases
15th February 2019 By: Marleny Arnoldi

TSX- and Peru-listed Sierra Metals reported adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $17.4-million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $17.5-million in... 


Yauricocha silver/gold/copper/lead/zinc project, Peru
Yauricocha silver/gold/copper/lead/zinc project, Peru
8th February 2019 By: Sheila Barradas

Sierra Metals has completed all the necessary work and has submitted all the required documentation to the authorities for its Yauricocha mine. 


Wicus Pretorius
Wicus Pretorius
1st February 2019 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

This week we profile Wicus Pretoria, CEO of Wictra Holdings, a repairer, refurbisher and builder of railway rolling stock in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and East London   


Sierra Metals records strong yearly production
24th January 2019 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Latin American miner Sierra Metals achieved strong production results in 2018, continuing a ten-year track record of consolidated yearly ore throughput growth, as well as record quarterly ore... 


Swifambo loses SCA bid to retain R3.5bn 'tall trains' PRASA tender
30th November 2018 By: News24Wire

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... 


Tongo diamond project, Sierra Leone
Tongo diamond project, Sierra Leone
30th November 2018 By: Sheila Barradas

Newfield Resources has reported an updated resource estimate for the project. 


Alberta buying rail cars to ship crude amid pipeline pinch
29th November 2018 By: Bloomberg

Alberta is working to buy rail cars to help ship more crude as pipeline bottlenecks have the oil-rich province grappling with historic low prices. The province has engaged a third party to... 


Transnet halts Durban port berths project over tender probe
23rd November 2018 By: Reuters

Transnet said on Friday it would stop a R7-billion ($505-million) project to deepen berths at Africa's biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban until a dispute over the awarding of a... 


Former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama
Siyabonga Gama loses court bid to interdict dismissal as Transnet CEO
22nd November 2018 By: African News Agency

Former Transnet chief executive Siyabonga Gama on Thursday lost his Labour Court application to have his dismissal by the board of the state-owned freight and rail company set aside, and was... 


Former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba
Malusi Gigaba named in bombshell Treasury report on rot at Eskom, Transnet
16th November 2018 By: News24Wire

National Treasury has released a bombshell report of more than 600 pages detailing the extent of rot at Transnet and Eskom over the last six years – and says Malusi Gigaba compromised the... 


MOTHERWELL PASSENGER RAIL CORRIDOR
The construction of the railway line and associated infrastructure is scheduled to start in 2022/23
Project to have major economic impact
16th November 2018 By: Jessica Oosthuizen

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... 


 Court papers show Transnet executives 'colluded fraudulently'
Court papers show Transnet executives 'colluded fraudulently'
13th November 2018 By: News24Wire

Court papers filed by Transnet to recover R189-million in inflated payments from Gupta-linked Regiments Capital have revealed collusion by senior executives of the State-owned firm, in allowing the... 


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