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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... 


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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. 


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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... 


South African coal miners turn to trucks as rail service deteriorates
3rd May 2022 By: Reuters

Mining companies in South Africa have resorted to trucking coal to ports to meet a surge in European demand since the war in Ukraine started, bypassing the deteriorating rail infrastructure they... 


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Bill for KZN floods repair stands at almost R3bn – PRASA
26th April 2022 By: Irma Venter

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


Local HVAC expert works to global rail standards
22nd April 2022

While Booyco Engineering has been designing HVAC systems for South Africa’s rail industry for over three decades, it has also been serving the world’s largest rail players for more than 15 years by... 


It is not about Mining, it is about Logistics!
21st April 2022

By Henk Bester Managing Director: Bigen Transport Most of the 100,000 route-km of railway network in Africa was built more than a century ago and very little was added over the corresponding... 


Mirai Rail MD Pulane Tshabalala-Kingston
Opinion: Transnet’s private sector invitation appealing from afar but far from appealing
8th April 2022

In this opinion article, Mirai Rail MD Pulane Tshabalala-Kingston argues that Transnet’s invitation to private bidders for 16 rail slots signals a key milestone. However, she argues that the... 


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Transnet moves to sell 16 rail slots to private operators
1st April 2022 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has officially launched the much-anticipated bidding process for 16 rail slots, which will be sold to third-party operators for a period of two years on... 


Japan to trial first hydrogen fuel cell train
23rd March 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Passenger rail operator JR East, formerly East Japan Railway, will begin safety testing the country’s first hydrogen-powered train at the end of the month, industry body the World Platinum... 


Load-shedding, vandalism wreak havoc with train services in Cape Town
9th March 2022 By: News24Wire

Train commuters in Cape Town had to keep their fingers crossed during load-shedding on Wednesday as Metrorail worked to keep systems up and running. On Tuesday, services had to be cancelled because... 


Metrorail closes one line between Soshanguve, Mabopane stations
24th January 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Passenger rail service operator Metrorail has closed one line between the Soshanguve and Mabopane stations following a technical fault and train incident. A train en route to Mabopane station... 


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Pulane Tshabalala Kingston
19th November 2021 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

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... 


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Report warns that industrialisation-through-localisation could stunt South Africa’s development
16th November 2021 By: Terence Creamer

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... 


Rail should be revisited as a means to contribute to sustainable tourism – PRASA CEO
10th November 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


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... 


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... 


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... 


Grindrod keen on potential private-sector participation opportunities at Transnet
8th October 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Eastern Cape Health Dept launches vaccination train with Transnet
15th September 2021 By: Donna Slater

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... 


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Govt’s private-sector participation drive could increase efficiency, prosperity – Grindrod
15th September 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Govt targets August next year, or sooner, for third-party rail access
10th September 2021 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Rio's Canadian arm invests in rail training
9th September 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Mining major Rio Tinto’s Canadian iron-ore are, the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) has announced that it will invest C$750 000 over three years to support research and training at the CEGEP de... 


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