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Alstom completes tram line in Algerian city

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 French multinational Alstom has completed the first tram line for the city of Sétif, in Algeria.  

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Gautrain rolling stock tender delayed ‘by complexities’, says Van der Merwe

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2018 Technical and legal complexities are delaying the announcement of the preferred bidder in the three-horse race to provide twelve new four-car trains to the Gautrain system, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. The deal was expected to reach financial close at the end of... 

Gautrain rolling stock tender delayed ‘by complexities’, says Van der Merwe

Bus strike: Fresh hope as unions, employers head back to negotiating table

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2018 There was fresh hope for commuters dealing with Day 15 of the national bus strike, as unions and employers agreed to meet again to try and break the deadlock, the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBC) said on Wednesday. 'It's D-Day," said SARPBC secretary general Gary Wilson,... 

Bus strike: Fresh hope as unions, employers head back to negotiating table

Passengers stranded as national bus strike revs towards third week

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 Labour unions involved in a bus strike, which has left thousands of commuters stranded across South Africa, were meeting on Monday to map the way forward as the protest neared its third week. South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) spokesperson Zanele Sabela told the African... 

Passengers stranded as national bus strike revs towards third week

Parties in bus drivers' strike still 'far apart' - unions

By: African News Agency      27th April 2018 The five unions involved in the national bus drivers' strike have slammed efforts at resolving the almost two-week long impasse, saying despite interventions at the highest levels the parties remain "far apart" and that the strike action will continue into the long weekend. In a statement issued... 

Parties in bus drivers' strike still 'far apart' - unions

PRASA steps in as union calls for payment of Autopax employees’ salaries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 The United National Transport Union (Untu) on Thursday demanded the South African government ensure that the employees of bus operator Autopax receive their salaries.  

Commuter bus firm Hosken lists on the JSE

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 Commuter transport company Hosken Passenger Logistics and Rail, which operates the Golden Arrow bus service, on Tuesday became the second company this year to list on the JSE’s main board.  Welcoming Hosken to the exchange, JSE primary markets head Prejelin Naggan said that the listing should... 

Metrorail delays hit Cape Town commuters, as bus strike continues

By: News24Wire      20th April 2018 Commuters in Cape Town already in the midst of a bus strike have to contend with a near breakdown of train services, after Metrorail announced massive delays across its network on Friday morning. The company said there were delays of more than 60 minutes on all lines heading into Cape Town, due... 

Those who can afford to pay for toll roads, must pay – Nzimande

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The funding of road infrastructure development for the next 15 to 20 years worries Transport Minister Blade Nzimande, the portfolio committee on transport heard. The Department of Transport (DoT) on Tuesday briefed Parliament’s committee on the annual performance plan for the 2018/19 financial... 

 Those who can afford to pay for toll roads, must pay – Nzimande
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Transport Minister Blade Nzimande

Ride-hailing kilometres predicted to grow dramatically to 2030

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 Today, ride-hailing accounts for 4% of all miles driven globally. By 2030 it will be 25%, says Uber Technologies public policy head Yolisa Kani. In South Africa, Uber has proven most popular when people spend an evening out. 

Ride-hailing kilometres predicted to grow dramatically to 2030

Nationwide bus strike to start on Wednesday

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 A nationwide bus strike is set to start on Wednesday, the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBC) said on Monday. The strike will put at least 80% of the country's passenger buses on lock-down over a pay dispute. "The impact is going to be felt right across the republic," Gary... 

Alstom-led consortium to build complete driverless light metro system for Montreal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM), a consortium comprising Alstom and SNC-Lavalin, has signed a contract with infrastructure developer CDPQ Infra to deliver a complete automatic and driverless light metro system for the Réseau Express Metropolitan (REM) project in... 

Alstom-led consortium to build complete driverless light metro system for Montreal
Montreal, Canada

Large volumes of traffic expected on SA roads on Monday

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2018 South African authorities said they were expecting large volumes of traffic on the country's roads on Monday as travellers return home following the Easter weekend. "Law enforcement will be on high alert and will deal appropriately with traffic offenders," the Road Traffic Management Corporation... 

Large volumes of traffic expected on SA roads on Monday

Trams enjoy renewed interest in growing cities

By: Anine Kilian     16th March 2018 The exponential growth of cities worldwide raises many challenges for urban authorities, including reducing road traffic congestion, combating pollution, noise in cities and redeveloping urban zones. Addressing delegates during a media tour of Alstom’s La Rochelle manufacturing centre, in... 

High levels of crime may force PRASA to cancel services on certain routes

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2018 Continued high levels of crime on certain urban rail corridors may “eventually leave the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with no choice” but to cancel its services on these routes,  says the agency. The State-owned PRASA says while it continues to engage with the dedicated rapid... 

High levels of crime may force PRASA to cancel services on certain routes

Durban on track to open public transport network

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 The City of Durban is on track to start its GO!Durban integrated public transport network from Pinetown’s central business district (CBD) to KwaMashu’s Bridge City in the latter part of this year. Aligned to the eThekwini municipality’s vision to be Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030,... 

Durban on track to open public transport network

Columbus aims to export competitively, while growing local market consumption

By: Simone Liedtke     6th March 2018 Columbus Stainless is positioned well to export competitively to the international market, while remaining committed to growing domestic demand for stainless steel. With market consumption of about 120 000 t/y of flat production, CEO Lucien Matthews says South Africa is the largest consumer of... 

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan 

By: African News Agency      6th March 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday said the new political dispensation in South Africa and the reversal of the “bad things” which led to the capture of key state institutions by private interests will be regularly opposed by the beneficiaries of the corruption. “I think we all... 

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

City of Cape Town extends N2 Express Joint Venture contract

By: News24Wire      2nd March 2018 The City of Cape Town has announced that it has extended its operating contract with the N2 Express Joint Venture (JV) vehicle operating company. Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Brett Herron said in a statement that the contract was extended on Wednesday and that it was effective... 

Inside Metrorail’s cable theft and commuter crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 Brazen thieves, who have effectively brought a critical rail route in Cape Town to a standstill for nearly six weeks, leaving thousands of commuters in the lurch, have become the focus of intense and unprecedented operations to squeeze out criminals who target beleaguered Metrorail's... 

Vandalism threatens Cape Town public transport – Councillor Herron

By: African News Agency      15th February 2018 The latest statistics on vandalism of Cape Town's bus services MyCiTi, Golden Arrow, and Prasa - the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa – indicate that public transport faces an onslaught, Councillor Brett Herron said on Wednesday. Herron, a member of the mayoral committee for transport and... 

MyCiTi commuters to bear brunt of attacks on bus stations

By: News24Wire      12th February 2018 The City of Cape Town has condemned what it termed "orchestrated attacks" by protesters on two MyCiTi bus stations. Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, said the attacks on the MyCiTi bus stations would cause major inconveniences to commuters. 

Joburg aiming to complete assessment of feasibility of electric buses by end-2019

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 The City of Johannesburg hopes to conclude a near-term feasibility study on the use of battery electric and fuel-cell buses by the end of 2019. With this done, it could be possible to introduce an electric bus to the city’s bus fleet in a pilot implementation project in 2023, says City of... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 New cars being produced in Japan have platinum- and copper-intensive fuel cell drives that outdo battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in cold climates as the EV batteries drain when the heaters are switched on, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

Manufacturing trials of first locally made train car under way

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 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... 

Brown says boards of State-owned enterprises must shape up 

By: African News Agency      30th January 2018 Embattled Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday told MPs she expected the boards of South Africa's corruption-stricken, cash-strapped parastatals to perform or be replaced. "The message to the boards of all SOCs is that they must shape up or ship out. If they are unable to instill... 

Brown says boards of State-owned enterprises must shape up
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Unprecedented number of MyCiTi buses stoned over the weekend

By: News24Wire      30th January 2018 The stoning of eight MyCiTi buses along the N2 express routes in Langa, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain over the weekend – the highest number in a single weekend according to the City of Cape Town – has led the city to believe that the public transport system is being sabotaged by criminals. City... 

Project to lift station platforms proving challenging, PRASA admits

By: Irma Venter     26th 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... 

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
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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
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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... 

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