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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... 


AMSA has launched its ArcelorMittal Rail and Structures facility in eMalahleni
AMSA showcases local production plans at newly launched rail, structures facility
20th October 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on October 20 launched its newly acquired ArcelorMittal Rail and Structures (AMRAS) facility. This follows the successful acquisition of the former... 


Transnet worker activity as high as 80% as operations ramp up after wage deal
19th October 2022 By: News24Wire

Transnet said worker activity at its operations has returned to levels as high as 80% since the entity inked its three-year wage deal with the United National Transport Union (UNTU). Transnet and... 


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Projects in Progress 2022 (Second Edition)
13th October 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Without basic infrastructure to deliver energy and water, and to facilitate mobility and communication, South Africa’s growth prospects will remain constrained. Greenfield and brownfield... 


Transnet operations
Transnet and unions to resume CCMA-facilitated talks on Wednesday
11th October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet and its recognised unions – the United National Transport Union and the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union – will reconvene talks at the Commission for Conciliation,... 


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Fibre sensing technology offers improved security for myriad of industries
7th October 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Digital value chain solutions provider Tech4IR is aiming to leverage the versatility of its fibre sensing security application, to build a footprint of this technology in South Africa, and provide... 


Lobito rail corridor improvement project, Angola
Lobito rail corridor improvement project, Angola
23rd September 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

A concessionaire will take over the operation, exploration and maintenance of the rail transport of goods between Lobito and Luau, as well as the maintenance of the entire existing infrastructure... 


Train service between Cape Town, Malmesbury withdrawn amid 'negotiations' with locomotive provider
19th September 2022 By: News24Wire

Metrorail has withdrawn its train service between Malmesbury and Cape Town, in what the Western Cape government has dubbed a "major setback". Metrorail said the withdrawal of diesel trains and... 


Rail infrastructure upgrade funding - time to put our Rand where our mouth is
Rail infrastructure upgrade funding - time to put our Rand where our mouth is
9th September 2022

There’s a sensorily magical moment when you witness a fully locked-and-loaded freight train as it begins to deploy its until-then preserved potential energy, to slowly yet decisively haul a... 


Thelo DB inks $3.2bn rail management deal with Ghana govt
29th August 2022 By: Donna Slater

African railway company the Thelo DB consortium signed a $3.2-billion rail management agreement with the government of Ghana, through the Ghana Railway Company in Accra, Ghana, on August 22 to... 


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PRASA rolling stock overhaul, South Africa
26th August 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has awarded several contracts for the maintenance and repair of its existing train sets. 


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Rail infrastructure upgrade funding; time to put our Rand where our mouths are.
20th August 2022

There’s a sensorily magical moment when you witness a fully locked-and-loaded freight train as it begins to deploy its until-then preserved potential energy, to slowly-yet- decisively haul a... 


A Transnet Freight rail locomotive
Transnet seeks court order compelling CRRC to release spares for 120 idle locomotives
17th August 2022 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has launched a High Court application through which it is seeking an order compelling China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) E-Loco Supply to... 


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ArcelorMittal to seek access to rail network amid a collapse in Transnet service
12th August 2022 By: Terence Creamer

ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed that it will seek to secure third-party access to Transnet’s rail network as part of efforts to stabilise the logistics involved in supplying key raw... 


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Minim Martrap bauxite project, Cameroon
12th August 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

A bankable feasibility study has confirmed a robust long-term project. 


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S Africa hampered by rolling stock challenges
29th July 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

South Africa is facing challenges regarding its rolling stock, owing to rail networks being vandalised during Covid-19 lockdowns, and this will be costly to repair, says consultant and supplier of... 


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Association to host conference
29th July 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

The South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) is hosting its conference from August 2 to 4 at Emperor’s Palace, in Kempton Park, Gauteng. This year’s conference theme: ‘Safe, resilient and... 


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Industry body partners with department
29th July 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

The African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) is working together with the Department of Transport (DoT) and other bodies to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will formally recognise... 


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Rail revitalisation needed
29th July 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

Revitalising South Africa’s rail infrastructure is necessary to ensure that it is a reliable, available, competitive and efficient mode of transport, allowing users to capitalise on the sector’s... 


An iron-ore train
ArcelorMittal to seek access to rail network amid a collapse in Transnet service
28th July 2022 By: Terence Creamer

ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed that it will seek to secure third-party access to Transnet’s rail network as part of efforts to stabilise the logistics involved in supplying key raw... 


Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet to issue big locomotive tender in August as it clears legal hurdles
27th July 2022 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned freight logistics group Transnet intends launching its much-anticipated tender for new locomotives in August having recorded a 5.6% drop in rail volumes last year as a result of a... 


Angola awards $333m contract to Trafigura consortium to improve Congo rail link
20th July 2022 By: Reuters

Angola's ministry of transport has awarded a tender to a Trafigura consortium to operate and expand rail infrastructure to speed up commodity imports from Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo,... 


Consortium signs agreement for rail project in Ghana
19th July 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South African railway entity the Thelo DB consortium will be signing a framework agreement for the transformational Western Railway Line project with the government of Ghana on July 25. The signing... 


Big blow for Chinese rail giant as court dismisses its bid against Sars
19th July 2022 By: News24Wire

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed a bid by the local unit of the Chinese Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) to have the SA Revenue Service (Sars) return money taken from... 


PRASA awards R7.5bn in contracts for rolling stock overhaul
8th July 2022 By: Irma Venter

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has awarded five companies general overhaul contracts for its older rolling stock to the value of R7.5-billion. The agency says the five-year... 


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PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa – update
8th July 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Gibela unveiled the one-hundredth X’trapolis Mega commuter train it is building for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa on July 4. 


A Metrorail train
PRASA awards R7.5bn in contracts for rolling stock overhaul
27th June 2022 By: Irma Venter

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has awarded five companies general overhaul contracts for its older rolling stock to the value of R7.5-billion. The agency says the five-year... 


Opportunities abound in transport, logistics if challenges can be addressed
22nd June 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

There are considerable challenges facing the country’s commuter transport, freight and logistics sectors, which are impeding economic growth; however, there are signs of improvement. This was a key... 


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Policy opportunity for rail infrastructure
17th June 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

With South Africa’s reliance on commodity exports, which can be handled only in large volumes by rail, law firm Norton Rose Fulbright Africa director and transport head Malcolm Hartwell says rail... 


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Sector can reap benefits from rail liberalisation
17th June 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

Liberalising rail will allow for rail freight to be operated with the efficiency of the private sector at the core of designed operations, says rail infrastructure consulting company Taylorail CEO... 


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SGR to provide rail benefits
17th June 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

With the National Rail Policy (NRP) emphasising the introduction of high speed standard gauge rail (SGR) technology on South Africa’s major rail networks, rail infrastructure consulting company... 


Registrations for South African Heavy Haul Association Conference now open
Registrations for South African Heavy Haul Association Conference now open
14th June 2022 By: Simone Liedtke

Early bird registrations for the upcoming South African Heavy Haul Association (Sahha) Conference 2022 are now open. The conference, which will be held at Emperors Palace, in Kempton Park, Gauteng,... 


RMB says Rail Policy White Paper lays foundation for private investment
13th June 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) says the private sector stands ready to invest in South Africa’s rail industry, in partnership with government. Referring to the recently... 


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Minerals Council expresses concern about impact of logistics constraints on mineral exports
10th June 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa’s exported bulk mineral tonnages have dropped to their lowest level since the Covid-19 lockdown in the first half of 2020, with rail, port and border constraints negatively affecting... 


Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
National rail policy to support local industry, manufacturing
3rd June 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The National Rail Policy White Paper has a deliberate bias towards local manufacturing to ensure industrialisation and the local production of steel, railway lines, rolling stock and supplies, and... 


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Rail White Paper stresses private sector participation, move to standard gauge
3rd June 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The National Rail Policy White Paper will see the rail network opened to participation by the private sector, along with a progressive national move to standard gauge to increase the average speeds... 


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Bedevilled
27th May 2022 By: Terence Creamer

The gap between infrastructure ambition and implementation is now widening faster than the country’s power utility is able to shift its load-shedding stages from two to four. While the electricity... 


Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
E-toll decision is imminent, says Mbalula
19th May 2022 By: News24Wire

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula said the final pronouncement on the funding model of e-tolls is imminent. Mbalula tabled his budget vote for the Department of Transport in Parliament on... 


PRASA’s KZN floods repair bill stands at almost R3bn
13th May 2022 By: Irma Venter

The direct cost to restore passenger rail services in KwaZulu-Natal following the recent floods stands at an estimated R2.6-billion to R2.9-billion, says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa... 


White Paper on National Rail Policy released
9th May 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The release of the White Paper on National Rail Policy represents a new epoch and a decisive break with the past, which saw the  railways being used as an instrument to segregate society and give... 


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