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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. 

Youths suspected of torching 24 Shosholoza Meyl carriages in Bloem

By: African News Agency      6th January 2020 A case of arson is under investigation after 24 out of order Shosholoza Meyl train carriages were torched on the rails next to the Bloemfontein train station on Saturday.  The coaches had been earmarked for refurbishment, the department of transport said on Sunday.  

Transnet inks rail revitalisation agreement with Ghana

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 State-owned logistics company Transnet, led by chairperson Dr Popo Molefe, this week signed a rail revitalisation agreement with the Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) and the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) that will result in the restoration of the Western Railway Line in Ghana.... 

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6th December 2019 Bombela Concession Company (RF) (Pty) Ltd. (“BCC”) entered into a Concession Agreement with the Gauteng Provincial Government to operate and maintain the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link until 27 March 2026. The Gautrain system comprises 82 route kilometres (km), 25Kv AC electrified and signaled standard... 

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 km, from Sishen to Saldanha. The test train is four (4) kilometres long and will be a production... 

Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

26th June 2019 Heavy-haul railways are under constant pressure to optimise operational efficiency, a factor that has led the sector to spearhead many new technologies. Michael Roney, special advisor to the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), explains in this article, originally published in the... 

Theft, vandalism slow new train rollout at Metrorail 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2019 While the Gibela factory in Gauteng has started to steadily produce new, made-in-South Africa trains for the Metrorail system in South Africa, it appears it may take some time before these trains all start carrying passengers. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is to deliver 600 new trains (3... 

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