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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... 


New high-speed trains more environment-friendly
28th July 2023

High-speed train consortium Hitachi Toshiba Supreme Consortium (HTSC) – which comprises digital and mobility solutions provider Hitachi, and industrial solutions provider Toshiba Corporation and... 


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SMP driving manufacturing opportunities
7th July 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Within the framework of the Steel Master Plan (SMP), industry body Manufacturing Circle is taking an active role in driving demand-side manufacturing opportunities. The SMP is a strategic roadmap... 


Getting African rail on track
28th June 2023

By Morne Visagie, Senior Investment Banker at Absa CIB & Nkululeko Kwalo, Coverage Banker at Absa CIB In 2009, the legendary US investor Warren Buffett made one of the largest investments of his... 


Manufacturer opens welding school for unemployed youth
23rd June 2023

A class of unemployed youth from local communities in the greater Nigel area, in  Ekurhuleni, were able to start free accredited and certified professional welding training at the beginning of... 


Transnet Engineering secures contract to supply 80 wagons to DRC company
20th June 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering solutions provider Transnet Engineering (TE) has been awarded a contract to supply 80 wagons to Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based logistics and transport company SWALA... 


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Opinion: Economy heavily dependent on freight rail demonopolisation, passenger rail devolution
15th June 2023

The pragmatism of the National Logistics Crisis Committee can yield an innovative complementary funding model for freight and passenger rail networks in South Africa, writes Infrastructure Finance... 


Champion resumes railway services after Quebec fires
13th June 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX- and TSX-listed Champion Iron has resumed railway services from its Bloom Lake mine, in Quebec, to the port of Sept-Îles. The company on June 6 announced interruptions to the railway line... 


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Rio invests locally in iron-ore rail carts
13th June 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Mining major Rio Tinto on Tuesday announced a partnership with Gemco Rail to bring local iron-ore rail car manufacturing and bearing maintenance to the Pilbara region in an industry-first. The... 


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South Africa's transport network holding economic growth back
12th June 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

South Africa’s transport modalities – all of them – are currently unable to support greater economic growth in the country. So warned South African Association of Freight Forwarders CEO Juanita... 


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Citrus growers call on DPE to urgently invest in rail for future growth
22nd May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has called on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to announce a turnaround to fix the current freight rail... 


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PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa – update
19th May 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Siemens Mobility has successfully completed the Gauteng resignalling project, which it has described as “the biggest signalling project in South African history”.  


Untethered electric train growth to quadruple by year-end – IDTechEx
11th April 2023 By: Donna Slater

Demand for “untethered” electric trains will increase rapidly over the coming years, with sales to grow four-fold year-on-year to reach over 100 deliveries this year, according to a report by... 


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Transnet moves ahead with plan to set up rail leasing venture with partner
4th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Engineering (TE) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a partner to establish a rail rolling stock leasing company, which would supply wagons and locomotives to train operating... 


TFR achieves record volumes on manganese export line
4th April 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Cape Corridor has achieved a ten-year record on its Manganese Hotazel–Port Elizabeth export line, achieving 9.8-million tonnes in the 2022/23 financial year. The... 


City Deep terminal to be included in the 20-year operational lease.
Transnet extends deadline for container corridor lease responses to end May
4th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has extended, to the end of May, the deadline for responses to a request for qualification (RFQ) regarding the proposed 20-year operating lease that the State-owned rail... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa highlights importance of new rail Infrastructure Manager in paving way for private operators
28th March 2023 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the establishment of a separate Infrastructure Manager (IM) within Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) as a crucial step towards creating a level playing field for... 


With the most powerful 4.3-meter heavy plate mill from SMS group, Tisco expands its product range in the stainless steel sector
10th March 2023

Shanxi Taigang Stainless Steel Co. Ltd. (Tisco), located in Taiyuan, China, has successfully produced the first plate on its new 4.3-meter heavy plate mill supplied by SMS group. It is the most... 


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Third-party access crucial for sector
10th March 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Rail industry representative African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) is driven by a mandate to facilitate public–private partnerships (PPPs) as a tool to revitalise the South African rail... 


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Gautrain Management Agency starts process to appoint new concessionaire
3rd March 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is ready to go to market with the tender for the reconcessioning of the 80-km rapid-rail system, says CEO William Dachs.  The GMA, an agency of the Gauteng... 


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Gautrain Management Agency starts process to appoint new concessionaire
3rd March 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is ready to go to market with the tender for the reconcessioning of the 80-km rapid-rail system, says CEO William Dachs.  The GMA, an agency of the Gauteng... 


Study shows Alstom supported 9 000 jobs, injected R3.9bn into South Africa in one year
1st March 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Rail and mobility solutions company Alstom supported more than 9 000 jobs and injected R3.9-billion into South Africa as it continues to grow its local presence. These were the findings of a report... 


TFR will separate out the infrastructure manager from freight operations
Separation of TFR’s infrastructure, operator functions may open way for big third-party ramp-up
20th February 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Separation of TFR’s infrastructure, operator functions to open way for big third-party ramp-up State-owned freight logistics group Transnet aims to launch a dedicated infrastructure manager... 


Transnet to shrink rail network
9th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

State-owned logistics company Transnet plans to shrink the 20 000 km freight rail network it operates by at least 35% as it focuses on delivering more profitable cargo loads. Transnet, which also... 


Transnet approaches market for lease of container corridor
30th January 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Ports and rail operator Transnet, as part of its partnerships strategy, has decided to engage the market to invest in and grow Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) containerised freight business, which... 


Location map of the Minim Martrap project
Minim Martrap bauxite project, Cameroon – update
13th January 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Canyon Resources has secured a near A$12.1-million strategic placement with Eagle Eye Asset Holdings to advance the development of its Minim Martap bauxite project. 


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Western Railway Line Project, Ghana
16th December 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

The project will transform Ghana’s railway infrastructure base into an integrated railway system.  


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Disappointing outcome
9th December 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has attempted to put a positive gloss on its recent attempt to sell 16 slots on its Cape and Container corridors that resulted in only one applicant emerging as a... 


Railway tracks
Transport Forum highlights need for multimodal logistics to remain competitive
2nd December 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Freight, logistics and transport industry experts have called for the restoration of South Africa's roads network, the restoration and development of the rail network and efficient ports and border... 


Ford ‘remains engaged’ with Transnet on development of southern rail corridor
2nd December 2022 By: Irma Venter

Ford South Africa remains “actively engaged” with government and its rail arm, Transnet, to enable vehicle and component transport to and from the Gqeberha port, says Ford Motor Company Africa... 


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Metrorail reinstates Naledi–Johannesburg line with new EMU trainsets
28th November 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Commuter rail service Metrorail has resumed the weekday train service between Naledi, in Soweto, and Johannesburg, effective November 28. The service which will make use of the entity’s new... 


TFR opens up coal line again
25th November 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

State-owned rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has lifted the force majeure it imposed on the export coal line on November 8. The closure of the line followed the derailment of a... 


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Both railway lines on North Corridor now operational
21st November 2022 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has announced that both lines on its North Corridor have been repaired ahead of schedule. This is owing to the conclusion of most of the repair work on the... 


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Ford again implores Transnet to develop southern rail corridor
17th November 2022 By: Irma Venter

Ford South Africa remains “actively engaged” with government and its rail arm Transnet to enable vehicle and component transport to and from the Gqeberha port, says Ford Motor Company Africa... 


Gauteng Transport Authority Jack van der Merwe
Van der Merwe unpacks Metrorail deterioration
16th November 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As discussions continue on the devolution of South Africa’s passenger rail network, particularly with Cape Town having started a feasibility study on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa... 


Indlela Connections chairperson Nosipho Damasane.
New startup aims to improve pit-to-port turnaround times
11th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Three women who have been in logistics collectively for more than 30 years have formed a company intent on helping to smooth out rail and port logistics in the Southern African region. The three... 


SARA pushes for greater regional integration in rail development
28th October 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As the Southern African Railway Association (SARA) pushes ahead with the drafting of a regional railway master plan, Namibia State-owned freight utility TransNamib CEO and SARA VP Johny Smith has... 


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Transnet Freight Rail 10-64 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa
28th October 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Transnet Freight Rail CEO Sizakele Mzimela has reported that the group’s plan to procure new locomotives will be put on hold. 


Indlela Connections chairperson Nosipho Damasane.
New start-up intent on improving pit-to-port turnaround times
27th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Three women who have been in logistics collectively for more than 30 years have formed a company intent on helping to smooth out rail and port logistics in the Southern African region. The three... 


RSR reports an increase in operational safety-related incidents for the year
25th October 2022 By: Darren Parker

The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has revealed a 6% decrease in security-related incidents but a 2% increase in operational safety-related occurrences on South Africa’s railways over the last... 


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