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Govt targets August next year, or sooner, for third-party rail access
30th August 2021 By: Irma Venter

The current target date for enabling third-party operators in the rail-freight sector is August next year, says Dr Sean Phillips, head of National Treasury’s Operation Vulindlela unit. There are,... 


3CR12 grade steel train wagon transporting coal
Production surplus meets growing rail industry demand
30th July 2021 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

Although stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless can meet South Africa’s stainless steel material demands in all sectors, including the railroad industry, the apparent stainless steel... 


Passenger rail agency fails to meet capex targets
23rd July 2021 By: Irma Venter

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) capital expenditure (capex) programme has failed to meet its targets, says CEO Zolani Matthews. “Sadly, this has also affected PRASA’s... 


Security, restoring public transport ‘that enables’ top new PRASA boss’s to-do list
16th July 2021 By: Irma Venter

There are a number of areas that require urgent attention within the operations of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), says CEO Zolani Matthews. Last week, Matthews delivered his... 


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PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa – update
9th July 2021 By: Sheila Barradas

Gibela is behind schedule in the delivery of the new trains to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. 


PRASA’s capex programme has failed to meet its targets, renewed roll-out effort started – Matthews
PRASA’s capex programme has failed to meet its targets, renewed roll-out effort started – Matthews
7th July 2021 By: Irma Venter

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) capital expenditure (capex) programme has failed to meet its targets, says CEO Zolani Matthews. “Sadly, this has also affected PRASA’s... 


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Security, restoring public transport ‘that enables’ priorities for new PRASA boss
6th July 2021 By: Irma Venter

There are a number of areas that require urgent attention within the operations of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), says CEO Zolani Matthews. Matthews on Tuesday delivered his... 


PRASA CEO Zolani Matthews
PRASA chief unpacks crime mitigation strategy
5th July 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has unveiled a comprehensive strategy to revive South Africa’s passenger rail network after a crime and vandalism over the last few years has left... 


SMOOTH SAILING 
All transport service providers are aiming to introduce a world-class STS to service their communities
Transport revolution on horizon for SA
25th June 2021 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

While the term sustainable transport system (STS) is often used generically and in a multifaceted sense, engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa suggests that it should... 


Deputy Minister applauds women taking charge in the rail sector
11th June 2021 By: Yvonne Silaule

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... 


NO TRAIN, NO GAIN
Third-party access will unlock a range of positive effects upstream and downstream through extra train capacity that is generated
Association highlights third-party access benefits
11th June 2021 By: Cameron Mackay

Local industry body the African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo says structural changes, as a result of allowing third-party access to State-owned freight utility Transnet’s rail... 


ADVANCED WEDGE-LOCKING
BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing system is based on wedge-locking technology, designed to secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads in extreme conditions
Product ensures bolt security for safer railways
11th June 2021

Bolt security is essential for optimum safety in all industries, particularly in the railway sector, where demands on rail lines and train components are under increasing pressure, as trains and... 


PROTECTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE
Zinc has significant capacity to protect uncoated steel structures against premature corrosion
Association encourages use of zinc to boost rail
11th June 2021 By: Cameron Mackay

International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa Desk head Simon Norton says there is significant opportunity right now to increase the use of refined zinc for hot dip galvanising of steel, with the... 


Mbalula outlines 2021/22 transport priorities
21st May 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

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... 


TMH celebrates 2nd anniversary milestone in South Africa
15th April 2021 By: Creamer Media Reporter

TMH, Africa and South Africa’s latest entrant into the rolling stock manufacturing and service sector celebrates its 2nd anniversary milestone this month.  The company’s 45 000 sqm facility in... 


Gautrain additional rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa – update
Gautrain additional rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa – update
9th April 2021 By: Sheila Barradas

The Gautrain Management Agency and Bombela concessionaire have cancelled two tenders pertaining to the procurement of about five pre-owned trains from the UK. 


Rail transport holds untapped potential that could be unlocked through third-party access – Gordhan
31st March 2021 By: Donna Slater

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... 


TMH discusses innovation in passenger rail with industry players
10th March 2021 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Hosts Passenger Rail Experience virtual webinar to kick start the year Attended by Africa’s rail CEOs and industry leaders from Angola, Botswana, Djibouti, the Kingdom of Eswatini, Ethiopia,... 


South African freight will finally shortcut through Eswatini – if a decades-old plan can find R29bn
9th March 2021 By: News24Wire

Transnet and its counterpart Eswatini Railways have formally called for potential funders, those who need to move freight, construction managers, and builders of rolling stock to get in touch – as... 


PRASA infected by a leadership 'pandemic' says furious former exec
9th March 2021 By: News24Wire

In a scathing 12-page exit letter, a top Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) lawyer, Fani Dingiswayo, accuses the agency's former and current leadership of paying lip service to the fight... 


Abcourt secures $6.5m loan for Sleeping Giant redevelopment
4th March 2021 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Canadian gold explorer and producer Abcourt Mines has completed financing of $6.5-million with the Royal Bank of Canada to accelerate the development of the Sleeping Giant mine, in Quebec. The... 


Cova speaks out on investment incentive reform
1st March 2021 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The 2021/22 Budget’s focus is on making the tax regime more efficient - whether it’s upgrading SA’s border posts or understanding how best to tax digital giants like Facebook and Google. First... 


Covid-19-induced ridership decline forces cancellation of Gautrain rolling stock tenders
19th February 2021 By: Irma Venter

The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) and the Bombela concessionaire have cancelled two tenders related to the procurement of around five pre-owned trains from the UK, says GMA CEO William Dachs.... 


Chubb launches Civil Engineering Completed Risks insurance in South Africa
17th February 2021 By: Schalk Burger

Insurance multinational Chubb has launched its Civil Engineering Completed Risks (CECR) insurance offering in the South African market. The CECR is aimed at medium-sized and large organisations... 


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TMH delivers 226 passenger coaches to Egyptian National Railways
5th February 2021 By: Donna Slater

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... 


Gautrain additional rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa
Gautrain additional rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa
5th February 2021 By: Sheila Barradas

The Gauteng Management Agency and Bombela concessionaire have cancelled two tenders pertaining to the procurement of about five pre-owned trains from the UK. 


Gautrain Management Agency cancels rolling stock tenders
Gautrain Management Agency cancels rolling stock tenders
3rd February 2021 By: Irma Venter

The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) and Bombela concessionaire have cancelled two tenders related to the procurement of around five pre-owned trains from the UK, says GMA CEO William Dachs. The... 


Alstom completes acquisition of Bombardier Transportation
29th January 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

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... 


Gautrain rolling stock fleet completes 40-million kilometres in service
Gautrain rolling stock fleet completes 40-million kilometres in service
18th January 2021 By: Irma Venter

Bombardier Transportation says the Gautrain commuter fleet has successfully completed 40-million kilometres in service since operations began in 2010.   


Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town
11th December 2020 By: Irma Venter

Hosken Passenger Logistics & Rail (HPL&R), which, among others, operates the Golden Arrow bus service in Cape Town, is interested in expanding its operations to become a private participant in the... 


SAEEC CEO Chiboni Evans
Indaba panel unpacks challenges to Africa’s industrialisation agenda
10th December 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The African export basket continues to lack manufactured products and is overly-reliant on raw materials and in cases, a single commodity; as a result, African countries continue to be affected by... 


TMH Africa and United Wagon Company Rolling Stock Manufacturers sign cooperation agreement to serve the Africa market
9th December 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Will cooperate on jointly supplying freight wagons to Africa’s narrow-gauge market  United Wagon Company will consider subcontracting their Africa orders to TMH Africa 


TMH Africa, UWC ink framework agreement
7th December 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Rolling stock manufacturer TMH Africa has signed a framework agreement with global rolling stock manufacturer United Wagon Company (UWC) to jointly supply the African market with freight wagons for... 


Company provides diverse electronics manufacturing capability
Company provides diverse electronics manufacturing capability
26th November 2020

Local manufacturing company Projects Concern Manufacturing (PCM) is a contract electronics manufacturer with manufacturing skills and capability within the niche printed circuit boards (PCB)... 


Richards Bay Alloys CEO Andries van Heerden advocates chrome export tax to save local ferrochrome industry.
Richards Bay Alloys backs chrome export tax as interim measure
13th November 2020 By: Martin Creamer

The struggling electricity-intensive South African ferrochrome industry, which has taken significant strides to increase its efficiency and reduce its electricity consumption, needs urgent steps to... 


Traxtion Group rail investment, South Africa
Traxtion Group rail investment, South Africa
13th November 2020 By: Sheila Barradas

Traxtion Group has announced its intention to embark on a significant investment programme in South Africa’s rail sector.  


Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town
Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town
5th November 2020 By: Irma Venter

Hosken Passenger Logistics & Rail (HPL&R), which among others operates the Golden Arrow bus service in Cape Town, is interested in expanding its operations to become a private participant in the... 


TMH Africa bags another significant industry certification: the EN 15085
4th November 2020 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Rolling stock Manufacturing and Servicing company, TMH Africa has once again achieved another highly sought-after rail industry certification with the EN 15085-2 Certification Level CL1. The... 


Rail offers potential for Africa
28th October 2020 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The growing population in Africa, coupled with the rise of urbanisation, will require additional transport capacity, and rail has a significant role to play in this, said Products Projects... 


Richards Bay Alloys CEO Andries van Heerden advocates chrome export tax to save local ferrochrome industry.
Struggling ferrochrome needs chrome export tax as interim measure – Richards Bay Alloys
28th October 2020 By: Martin Creamer

The struggling electricity-intensive South African ferrochrome industry, which has taken significant strides to increase its efficiency and reduce its electricity consumption, needs urgent steps to... 


Traxtion to invest billions in rail infrastructure development over next five years
26th October 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


Transnet delivers solid results in the year ending 31 March 2020, despite challenging operational environment
Transnet delivers solid results in the year ending 31 March 2020, despite challenging operational environment
26th October 2020

Transnet reported an increase of 1,3% to R75,1 billion in revenue, supported by the weighted average tariff increase of 2,9%. The revenue increase was offset by a decline of 1,3% in rail freight... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
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... 


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