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Pulane Tshabalala Kingston

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th November 2021 This week we profile Pulane Tshabalala Kingston, CEO of Mirai Rail Corporation, which designs, manufactures and supplies turnouts and turnout components. It also supplies rails as well as signalling components developed using the company’s locking and monitoring technology, and provides rail... 

Report warns that industrialisation-through-localisation could stunt South Africa’s development  

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2021 The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has published a hard-hitting critique of South Africa’s localisation policy, warning that it could raise the cost of doing business, reduce export competitiveness and constrain future development. Titled ‘The Siren Song of Localisation: Why... 

Rail should be revisited as a means to contribute to sustainable tourism – PRASA CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2021 Rail travel should be revisited as part of contributing to sustainable tourism, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Zolani Matthews said this week, noting that this is especially important in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. Speaking to the Select Committee on Trade, Industry... 

Voestalpine VAE SA announces strategic local shareholder agreement

5th November 2021 Fully integrated railway solutions provider voestalpine VAE SA has announced that it has brought a strong local shareholder on board to support its local and regional development. Chairperson Günter Neureiter says this is in accordance with the company’s core strategic cornerstones to develop... 

South Africa Economic Outlook 2021

29th October 2021 South Africa remains the third largest African economy behind Nigeria and Egypt. In 2020, South Africa’s GDP was about US$ 302bn. Although primarily mining-based, the country has grown world-class manufacturing skills: its exports are growing and diversifying from products based on raw materials... 

Conference explores innovative and sustainable rail safety solutions and rail transport’s potential to drive economic growth

14th October 2021 If the safe operation of passenger rail transport is given the attention and priority it deserves, it can be a catalyst for economic development; if not, then it will become a catalyst for economic depression, unproductivity and unemployment. This was the assertion of Professor John Maluleke in... 

Grindrod keen on potential private-sector participation opportunities at Transnet

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2021 A port that runs efficiently “can bring prosperity all around”, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. South Africa’s major ports are, however, currently ranked close to the bottom of the list in terms of global competitiveness. 

Eastern Cape Health Dept launches vaccination train with Transnet

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2021 Eastern Cape Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth on September 14 unveiled Transnet’s first Covid-19 vaccination train – the Transvaco, in what Transnet says is its commitment to support the national vaccination effort and assisting South Africa in achieving community immunity. The new train, which... 

Govt’s private-sector participation drive could increase efficiency, prosperity – Grindrod 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2021 A port that runs efficiently “can bring prosperity all around”, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. South Africa’s major ports are, however, currently ranked close to the bottom of the list in terms of global competitiveness. 

Govt targets August next year, or sooner, for third-party rail access

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 The current target date for allowing third-party operators to participate in the rail-freight sector is August next year, says Dr Sean Phillips, head of the National Treasury’s Operation Vulindlela unit. There are, however, ongoing efforts under way to speed up the timeframe put on the table by... 

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