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Public Transport News

City of Cape Town transport head Melissa Whitehead suspended

By: News24Wire      19th January 2018 A senior transport head in the City of Cape Town has been suspended as a result of the alleged covering up of irregularities in which embattled Mayor Patricia de Lille is implicated. Council members met for a special sitting on Friday to discuss, among other things, allegations of fraud and... 

Gibela moves to Dunnottar plant; takes first manufacturing steps

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2018 Gibela has initiated manufacturing trials of the first locally made train car at the Gibela train factory, in Dunnottar, on the East Rand. The first train’s car body shell – essentially, its panel-clad metal frame – is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018, with the... 

Gibela moves to Dunnottar plant; takes first manufacturing steps
Photo by Duane Daws
Work on the first car-body shell has started

PRASA, UNTU in talks to reopen Central Line

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2018 State-owned passenger rail service Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and the United National Transport Union (UNTU) are in advanced stages of discussions to have the suspended Central Line, in Cape Town, reopened on Wednesday. The line was closed on January 10 for safety reasons... 

Safety regulator lifts PRASA’s prohibition directive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th January 2018 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has lifted the prohibition directive issued to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), with conditions, after the parastatal submitted a corrective action plan to the regulator. PRASA Rail relayed to the RSR how it intends dealing with the issues... 

Next 12 months crucial as PRASA prepares to receive new rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2018 Commuters making use of the 18 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, supplied by Gibela to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium... 

Next 12 months crucial as PRASA prepares to receive new rolling stock
Photo by Duane Daws
Piet Sebola

Prasa lifts supsension from UNTU members

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) lifted the suspension of train drivers and metro guards of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) who refused to work under unsafe working conditions with immediate effect and agreed that no disciplinary steps will be taken against them.... 

Gibela rail plant on track for March completion

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Construction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout. Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical... 

Mega engineering projects could boost SA economy

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 As South Africa is embarking on a mega railway infrastructure development that will take an estimated 20 years to complete, transportation systems developer Futran Group of Companies director Andries Louw says such projects should be used as an anchor to re-establish the culture of mega... 

Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies viable, necessary for SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Different fuel and vehicle technologies will be required for a successful and sustainable transition to a low-carbon future, and how the transport sector evolves amid growing global demand for energy will have a significant impact on efforts to address climate change, indicates energy giant Shell... 

Court action to stop PRASA 'conspiracy'

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has missed a deadline to respond to demands by the UniteBehind coalition. Legal action will now be taken against the agency responsible for Metrorail, GroundUp reports. 

Metrorail must provide alternative transport for Cape Town commuters – Sanco 

By: African News Agency      12th December 2017 The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Tuesday called on rail service provider Metrorail to provide alternative transport for commuters left stranded by the suspension of its service on the key Central Line in Cape Town. The civic organisation said that the inconvenience and... 

Gibela factory on track for March completion, says new CEO

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2017 Construction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout. Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical... 

Gibela factory on track for March completion, says new CEO
Thierry Darthout

Long-delayed Gauteng Transport Authority to be launched in 2018

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 The long delayed Gauteng Transport Authority will launch next year, says Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “If a city does not want to participate, it does so at its own peril.” 

Driving innovation in public transport

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2017 Location-based services (LBS) will be a driving force in the public transport sector, and are being used to drive efficiency in the industry, enthuses access network infrastructure provider Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. LBS allows service providers and enterprises to... 

Gautrain agency wants Phase 1 network expansion operational by 2027

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 Ideally, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) would like to see Phase 1 of the proposed five-phase expansion of the Gautrain network come into operation in 2027, says GMA COO William Dachs. The concession on the current 80 km Gautrain system would have wrapped up in 2027, with the system paid... 

Epic 3 190 km Uber trip a sub-Saharan Africa record

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 The longest Uber trip on record in sub-Saharan Africa was recorded in South Africa this year – 3 190 km from Cape to Durban, via Bloemfontein. The electronic ride hailing service does not disclose why the journey was made. The Uber app does, however, provide an estimated cost for the journey, at... 

Move to professionalise work of railway safety inspectors

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) have signed a memorandum of onderstanding (MoU) aimed at professionalising the work of railway safety inspectors. The MoU also aims to ensure that railway safety inspectors and engineers have the necessary... 

Academy seeks to mitigate issues for bus industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2017 The Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) believes that its planned Driver Training Academy will alleviate some of the issues the bus sector is facing. Speaking at the Gauteng Bus Indaba and Strategic Planning Workshop, held in September, Saboa executive manager Eric Cornelius said... 

Academy seeks to mitigate issues for bus industry
Photo by Duane Daws
TAXIS STRIKING An ongoing problem for the bus industry is intimidation by taxi operators

Shell collaboration helps power London buses with coffee waste

By: Nica Schreuder     20th November 2017 International energy and petrochemicals group Shell, in partnership with London-based clean technology company bio-bean and UK biodiesel producer Argent Energy, is helping power some of London’s buses through a new coffee biodiesel project – launched on Monday – which uses a biofuel made partly... 

Uber reaches almost 1-million users in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2017 The longest Uber trip on record in sub-Saharan Africa happened in South Africa this year – 3 190 km from Cape Town to Durban, via Bloemfontein. The electronic ride hailing service does not disclose why the journey was made. The Uber app does, however, provide an estimated cost for the journey, at... 

Uber reaches almost 1-million users in South Africa

KZN pupils head to court over school transport

By: News24Wire      7th November 2017 Pupils from 12 schools in KwaZulu-Natal - who brave the weather and crime on their long walk to school every day - will pack into the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday morning to support their lawyers who will argue that the provincial government must provide transport for... 

Vadi urges better cooperation between provincial govt, Gauteng metros

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2017 The long delayed Gauteng Transport Authority will launch next year, says Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “If a city does not want to participate, it does so at its own peril.” 

Vadi urges better cooperation between provincial govt, Gauteng metros
Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With increasing indications that South Africa, on its current path, will not achieve its National Development Plan (NDP) ambitions, government is redirecting efforts to prioritise programmes that strengthen the alignment of the national budget, the medium-term strategic framework and the NDP.... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

JSE launches green bond segment

     25th October 2017 The JSE on Wednesday launched its green bond segment, which provides a platform for companies and other institutions to raise funds that are ring-fenced for low-carbon initiatives. It also enables investors to invest social responsibility investment funds in securities that are truly green.   JSE... 

JSE launches green bond segment
JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and JSE Capital Markets director Donna Nemer

SA transport tech firm aims to expand into rest of continent

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 WhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

Ekurhuleni’s Harambee BRT to start limited service next week

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2017 The City of Ekurhuleni is set to kick off the first official run of its bus rapid transit (BRT) service, Harambee, next week as part of the implementation of its Phase 1A operations. The limited service, starting on Wednesday, will run eight buses in mixed traffic along the 38 km service route,... 

Transport megaprojects stand on four legs – Gautrain CEO

By: Keith Campbell     10th October 2017 The successful implementation of transport infrastructure megaprojects rests on four equally important “pillars”. So affirmed Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe to the recent sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria. These pillars are: political... 

Transport megaprojects stand on four legs – Gautrain CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe

Khayelitsha MyCiti commuters no longer left in dark

By: News24Wire      9th October 2017 Khayelitsha commuters using the City of Cape Town’s MyCiti busses will no longer be left in the dark. The city’s Transport and Urban Development Authority has commenced with the electrification of the permanent MyCiTi bus stops along the N2 Express routes in Khayelitsha, which according to the... 

Tshwane extends A Re Yeng bus service across townships – Msimanga

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2017 Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga on Monday, said the city will expand its A Re Yeng bus service into South Africa’s capital city’s high density areas in a bid to provide a safe, affordable, accessible and reliable transport system. “Let me start by first congratulating the A Re Yeng team under the... 

Tshwane extends A Re Yeng bus service across townships – Msimanga

eThekwini rapid public transport system needs hundreds of buses

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 Around 200 rigid buses, 180 articulated buses and 765 midi-buses will be required for eThekwini’s new GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network over the next five years, says eThekwini Transport Authority head  Thami Manyathi. In addition, 250 commuters buses will be required as part of... 

Gauteng fast-tracks metered taxis licences

By: African News Agency      28th September 2017 The Gauteng provincial government on Thursday said it would soon carry out an outreach programme for metered taxis to help owners comply with necessary licence requirements. Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said the outreach programme aims to fast-track outstanding licencing applications that... 

WhereIsMyTransport targets expansion into rest of Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2017 WhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

WhereIsMyTransport targets expansion into rest of Africa

Gigaba denies Treasury looking at PIC to bail out struggling SOEs

By: African News Agency      25th September 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Monday, rubbished claims that he would use funds from the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to bail out South Africa’s failing state-owned enterprises. Responding to reports last week that Treasury was looking to tap into the PIC, which manages public service... 

Gigaba denies Treasury looking at PIC to bail out struggling SOEs
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Imbalance in South African society driven by spatial inequality  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 South Africa is fast approaching a perfect inequality rating on the Gini coefficient, University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance head Professor David Everatt said at the ninth Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa Corporate Governance conference, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. The Gini... 

Gauteng to clamp down on illegal Uber and metered taxis

By: News24Wire      18th September 2017 The Gauteng provincial authorities are going to clamp down on non-compliant Uber and metered taxi operators in an attempt to quell the “territorial warfare” between Uber and metered taxi driver. Premier David Makhura, MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi, MEC for Community Safety Sizakele... 

By blood or iron, we will protect our territory – meter taxi drivers

By: News24Wire      12th September 2017 Meter taxi drivers say they are willing to lay down their lives to prevent Uber drivers from invading "their territory". "There is nothing we can do but to protect our territory, whether by blood or iron. We will have to die because we are already dead," said meter taxi owner Oupa Skhosane. 

Metered taxis and Uber clashes will turn away tourists – Minister Xasa

By: African News Agency      11th September 2017 Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa on Monday warned that violent clashes between metered taxis and rival E-Hailing company, Uber, could deter tourists from visiting South Africa. On Thursday night metered taxi drivers allegedly torched two Uber cars in Sandton. Uber drivers reportedly retaliated by... 

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