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Deputy Minister applauds women taking charge in the rail sector

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th June 2021 Transport Deputy Minister Dikeledi Magadzi this week accompanied the Railway Safety Regulator in its inspection of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Wolmerton depot, in Pretoria. The inspection was held to assess the condition of the depot against scheduled and unscheduled... 

Mbalula outlines 2021/22 transport priorities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st May 2021 The Department of Transport’s expenditure is expected to increase at an average yearly rate of 8.1%, from R57.3-billion in 2020/21 to R72.5-billion in 2023/24, Minister Fikile Mbalula said during the virtual debate on the transport budget vote on May 21. He said the majority of the funds are... 

Rail transport holds untapped potential that could be unlocked through third-party access – Gordhan 

By: Donna Slater     31st March 2021 South Africa’s rail network, which currently represents about 20% of general freight market share and less than 10% of the passenger market share, presents an opportunity for role-players, both public and private, to reposition themselves and the industry in a way that contributes to its... 

TMH delivers 226 passenger coaches to Egyptian National Railways

By: Donna Slater     5th February 2021 Rail rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholdings (TMH) in 2020 delivered 226 88-seater third-class passenger coaches, with dynamic ventilation, to the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) from the TMH competence centre in Tver, Russia. The €1-billion contract for 1 300 passenger coaches awarded by... 

Alstom completes acquisition of Bombardier Transportation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th January 2021 Rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has completed the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation. Leveraging on its Alstom in Motion strategy and its strong operational fundamentals and financial trajectory, Alstom, integrating Bombardier Transportation, will strengthen its leadership in the growing... 

Traxtion to invest billions in rail infrastructure development over next five years 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 Rail services and solutions provider Traxtion Group intends to embark on a significant investment programme within South Africa’s rail sector, which will, at first, see an initial locomotive and wagon build programme of R1.5-billion upon conclusion of the appropriate access rights with... 

Business welcomes recovery plan, but urges swift implementation 

16th October 2020 Organised business formations have responded to the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan released by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 15. On the whole, business has welcomed the plan, including the fact that it embraces many of the recommendations made to government by the social partners through... 

Transnet signals intent to support domestic manufacture of rail despite global tender 

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has signalled its intention to support the localisation of rail manufacture, but is simultaneously proceeding with a global tender for the supply of 60 kg a metre of head hardened rail, which it describes as an interim solution for meeting its... 

Grand Paris Express – Line 16 and 17 operations centre, France

By: Sheila Barradas     21st August 2020 Grand Paris Express – Line 16 and 17 operations centre will be the nerve centre of the two future lines. 

Gibela to focus on quality, suppliers as it ramps up to full production 

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2020 The Gibela consortium will spend the next three years ramping up to full production of 62 trains a year, says CEO Hector Danisa. It may prove to be a challenging period, he adds, as Gibela will need to address some quality issues, as well as build capacity within its supply chain. 

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