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New wagons being built for use on the Lobito railway corridor
South African manufacturer to provide 275 new container wagons to Lobito railway project
19th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

Joint venture (JV) company Lobito Atlantic Railway (LAR), which is the concession holder for the operation, management and maintenance of the Lobito Corridor spanning Zambia, Angola and the... 


Zinhle Simamane, CFO: International Business at Traxtion
Zinhle Simamane
14th June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

This week we profile Zinhle Simamane, CFO: International Business at Traxtion, a provider of freight and rail services across the African continent 


Namibia Confirms High-Level Delegation For The Southern African Railways Association Conference And Exhibition
11th June 2024

The Southern African Railways Association (SARA) is pleased to announce that Namibia has confirmed a high-level Namibian delegation will participate in the 13th Annual International Southern... 


Vesconite's innovative solutions for rolling stock wear enhance rail efficiency
Vesconite's innovative solutions for rolling stock wear enhance rail efficiency
30th April 2024

Rolling stock operators face a common challenge of significant wear on wheels and rails, leading to frequent and expensive maintenance. 


Transnet freight train
Transnet volumes, revenue up, but falls short of recovery targets
26th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet has reported a 1.5% year-on-year improvement in the total rail volumes reaching 151.7-million tonnes at the end of March 2024, showcasing improvement in operational... 


Transnet Freight Rail’s North Corridor achieves weekly record
26th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) North Corridor accomplished the delivery of 1.41-million tonnes last week, marking the most substantial weekly performance in terms of volume for the current... 


Grindrod to spend big at Maputo’s Matola drybulk terminal to grow capacity
22nd March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Ports and logistics group Grindrod is set to invest big in its Matola drybulk terminal in Mozambique. Announcing Grindrod’s financial results for the year ended December 31 earlier this month, CEO... 


A locomotive and wagons owned by Transnet Freight Rail
Africa’s biggest freight rail market set for private operators
13th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Africa’s biggest freight rail market is on the cusp of being transformed by private operators, the head of the operator of the continent’s largest rolling-stock fleet said. The South African... 


SCOTT EDMUNDSON
By creating an international registry for recognising and enforcing creditor and lessor rights, these treaties aim to reduce financing costs and risks
Immediate actions needed to foster a more competitive rail industry
8th March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

South Africa’s rail sector is faced with unprecedented challenges that threaten its operational viability and economic contribution, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner Scott Edmundson, who says... 


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SWASAP railway axle manufacturer
8th March 2024

Manufacturer and supplier of railway axles Swasap is a proudly South African-owned broad-based Black Economic Empowered company that is committed to expanding education and skills to develop... 


Grindrod to spend big at Matola terminal as MPDC grows Maputo capacity
Grindrod to spend big at Matola terminal as MPDC grows Maputo capacity
7th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Ports and logistics group Grindrod is set to invest big in its Matola drybulk terminal in Mozambique. Announcing Grindrod’s financial results for the year ended December 31 on Thursday, CEO Xolani... 


Acting TFR CEO Russell Baatjies and Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler (seated at centre) sign the agreement, in front of their respective teams, including (standing from left to right) Mario Klaasen, Loven Naidoo, Bonginkosi Mabaso, Pierre Koch, Pierre Taljaard and Kevin Govender, with Ayanda Mokhesi seated to the left of Baatjies and Brad Griffith and David Mokomela seated to Grobler’s right
Cabinet and business praise Sasol and TFR for ‘first-of-its-kind’ partnership to repair 128 ammonia tankers
29th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Both Cabinet and organised business have lauded the five-year public-private partnership agreement between Sasol and Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), under which the energy and chemicals group will... 


R4bn may be removed from Eskom debt-relief for failure to meet EFC sale deadline
R4bn may be removed from Eskom debt-relief for failure to meet EFC sale deadline
21st February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government is proposing to reduce its planned allocations to Eskom under a previously announced R254-billion debt-relief package by R2-billion a year for the 2023/24 and 2024/25... 


An image of two automotive vehicles treated with ISO-Reliability Partners' Royal Purple lubricants
Supplier secures five-year contract
16th February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Marking a successful 2023, lubrication solutions supplier ISO-Reliability Partners has secured a five-year contract with State-owned rolling stock company Transnet Engineering. The company will... 


Transnet needs ‘the right, permanent management, quickly’ – Stellenbosch University academic
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

State-owned rail and port operator Transnet could, potentially, show significant improvement this year, compared with last year’s dismal performance, says transport economist and macrologistics... 


Trafigura group executive chairperson and CEO Jeremy Weir, Ivanhoe Mines founder and executive co-chair Robert Friedland, and Lobito Atlantic Railway CEO Francisco Franca
Kamoa-Kakula, Trafigura become first Lobito railway corridor customers
7th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

The Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and commodities trader Trafigura have both signed a term sheet outlining the key terms for a reserve capacity agreement... 


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Transnet needs ‘the right, permanent management, quickly’ – Havenga
29th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

State-owned rail and port operator Transnet could, potentially, show significant improvement this year compared with last year’s dismal performance, says transport economist and macrologistics... 


From top left clockwise, RBCT CEO Alan Waller, RBCT chairperson Nosipho Damasane, Acting Transnet CEO Michelle Phillips and Acting Transnet Freight Rail CE Russell Baatjies.
New public-private rail corridor agreement already boding well – RBCT
25th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The three-month-old mutual cooperation agreement that the private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) signed with State rail enterprise Transnet in November is already boding well, RBCT... 


Vesconite’s pedestal liners set to transform railway efficiency
Vesconite’s pedestal liners set to transform railway efficiency
17th January 2024

An often-overlooked yet crucial component of locomotives are the pedestal or axle box liners, which significantly enhance the smooth operation of trains on tracks. South African wear parts... 


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PRASA sets sights on big recovery in passenger trips by 2030
1st December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Like many other State-owned entities, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has had its share of scandals. Its board chairperson was fired following an investigation into abuse of PRASA... 


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PRASA sets sights on big recovery in passenger trips by 2030
1st December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Like many other State-owned entities, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has had its share of scandals. Its board chairperson was fired following an investigation into abuse of PRASA... 


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Light from the tunnel?
24th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Reform progress in South Africa rarely moves in a straight line from A to B, with the stop/start nature of the country’s electricity reform being a case in point. Nevertheless, there is a... 


Bongani Mankewu
The Third Party Introduction to Transnet Freight Railways Should not Translate to Privatize Keynesianism
13th November 2023

By Bongani Mankewu – Director of the Infrastructure Finance Advisory Institute Blurb: The Meiji Restoration of 1868 in Japan, which began massive industrialization under the motto fukoku kyōhei... 


Christelle Grohmann
Collaborative strategies are key to overcoming South Africa’s poor rail, logistics performance
10th November 2023

South Africa's transport infrastructure, particularly its rail and logistics systems, are under severe strain, raising critical concerns about the nation's economic growth and employment prospects.... 


Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan
'There is nothing we can do.' Gordhan bemoans 'unreasonable' Chinese rail company
9th November 2023 By: News24Wire

"Transnet needs help," chairperson Andile Sangqu told MPs on Wednesday in an appeal to the government to take on some of its unsustainable debt burden and fund its turnaround plan. Transnet has a... 


Rail lines
Interim Infrastructure Manager set up to facilitate initial private access to rail network
2nd November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet has confirmed the establishment of an interim rail Infrastructure Manager, which will oversee the initial process of ensuring that the rail network is opened to private train operating... 


Rail tracks
‘Open and transparent’ third-party rail access system by April
26th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has confirmed that an open and transparent framework for granting private train operating companies’ third-party access to the South African railway... 


Transnet chairperson Andile Sangqu
Transnet’s recovery plan premised on securing govt capital injection
26th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Absent an equity injection or debt relief from government, Transnet chairperson Andile Sangqu says the State-owned entity will not be able to deliver on what he described as a “credible” recovery... 


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State of Safety Report unveils rail sector’s crossroads
25th October 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

While South Africa’s railway sector works to rebuild post-pandemic, riots and a variety of disasters, the latest Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) State of Safety Report 2022/23 has painted a... 


Transnet train
Transnet to lean on Treasury for R100bn turnaround plan
25th October 2023 By: News24Wire

Transnet is seeking more than R100-billion from the Treasury over the next two years, according to the turnaround plan produced by the board.  The R100-billion includes a request that the Treasury... 


Rail line
First attempt to add third-party rail participants derails amid moves towards bigger reform
23rd October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Traxtion Sheltam report that they have agreed to terminate the conditional 2022 award of slots to Traxtion Sheltam between Kroonstad and East London on the Cape... 


Participants who spoke during Creamer Media's October 18 webinar on the transport sector in South Africa
Competition, collaboration needed for an efficient logistics network in South Africa
19th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Competition is important to create efficiencies in the logistics and transport network, but collaboration is similarly necessary to ensure that all the public and private sector role-players can... 


An image of law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr corporate and commercial practice director and mining and minerals sector head Vivien Chaplin
Rail protocol ratification approved
13th October 2023

The South African Cabinet formally approved the submission of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention (LRP) to Parliament for ratification, in June 2023. Formal ratification is... 


Neglect, mismanagement threaten S Africa's once-promising transport infrastructure, warns Cesa
13th October 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

South Africa boasts extensive road and railway systems, along with well-equipped ports and airports, some of which are comparable to infrastructure in developed nations. However, a lack of... 


An image of a TFR locomotive
TFR undertaking initiatives to address constraints, outgoing CEO says
5th October 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), as a division of Transnet, is affected by three major constraints hampering the entity; however, there are initiatives under way to mitigate this and some progress is... 


PRASA’s future vision and the role of the SARA Conference
PRASA’s future vision and the role of the SARA Conference
26th September 2023

As anticipation builds for the upcoming Southern African Railway Association (SARA) Conference and Exhibition, the spotlight turns to key operators set to make a significant impact. One such... 


Location map of the Minim Martrap project
Minim Martrap bauxite project, Cameroon – update
25th August 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Canyon Resources announced a subscription agreement with Singapore-based Eagle Eye Asset Holdings that could result in the investment of up to A$59.7-million. 


Vesconite Hilube bushings were installed in the brake rigging system of an Australian freight operator
Brake linkage bushings improve park braking
22nd August 2023

A large freight-rail operator in Australia has approved Vesconite Hilube brake linkage bushings for its locomotive fleet, to replace bushings in its fleet’s brake levers and improve its park brake... 


A map showing the location of the Lobito corridor
Ivanhoe's Kamoa Copper subsidiary signs MoU to start copper exports through Lobito corridor
16th August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines' Kamoa Copper subsidiary has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lobito Atlantic International for the transportation of copper concentrate produced at the... 


An image of ARIA CEO Mesela Kope-Nhlapo
Rail industry body calls for independent infrastructure manager
16th August 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The imminent announcement of an infrastructure manager (IM) to oversee the implementation of the National Rail Policy is an important step in the revitalisation of South Africa’s freight rail... 


Bloom Lake posts record quarterly output
Bloom Lake posts record quarterly output
28th July 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

Iron-ore miner Champion, which operates the Bloom Lake mine on the south-end of the Labrador Trough, has posted record quarterly production, despite navigating one of Quebec’s biggest forest fires... 


Universal locos approved in European Corridor
28th July 2023

Global provider of integrated urban solutions with over 50 years of experience, Alstom, and leasing provider and asset manager of rolling stock in Europe, Northrail AG have completed a framework... 


In-cab signalling needed in Africa
28th July 2023

Local investor in new rolling stock and track infrastructure projects, and rail solutions provider, Traxtion CEO James Holley and solutions provider Gear Rail CEO Roelf C Alberts suggest the... 


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