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South Africa seeks comment on draft carbon-offset rules 

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 Draft carbon offset regulations have been released by the National Treasury for public comment, with a submission deadline of July 29. Under the proposed rules, firms can reduce their carbon tax liability by between 5% and 10% of their total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by investing in... 

R400m Dunnottar train plant contract awarded to black-owned firms

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 Gibela has awarded the Trencon Black Jills joint venture (JV) the R400-million contract to build the main site buildings at its Dunnottar train manufacturing plant, on the East Rand. The plant will be used to produce the 580 trains Gibela is to supply to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa... 

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The number of local suppliers in the R51-billion contract to produce 600 new passenger trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reached 32. Six trains have been completed and shipped to South Africa to date. These units form part of an order of 20 that are being imported... 

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more
Photo by Duane Daws
Gibela's X'Trapolis Mega train, built for PRASA

Vadi aiming for Gauteng Transport Authority deal ahead of August elections

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The Gauteng government hopes to sign an in-principle agreement with Gauteng’s three major municipalities – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg – on the formation of a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) before the local elections, to be held on August 3, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr... 

South African emergency response app receiving international attention

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2016 The locally developed emergency response CrashDetech smartphone application (app) will compete against international social businesses and technologies as part of The Venture competition in New York, next month. CrashDetech is in talks to potentially deploy the solution in Zambia, the UK,... 

South African emergency response app receiving  international attention
JACO GERRITS Our aim has always been to make a large contribution to road safety and reduce roadside fatalities and injuries

Trencon Black Jills JV wins R400m Gibela train plant contract

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2016 Gibela on Thursday announced that it had awarded the Trencon Black Jills joint venture (JV) the R400-million contract to build the main site buildings at its Dunnottar train manufacturing plant, on the East Rand. The plant would be used to produce the 580 trains Gibela was to supply to the... 

Trencon Black Jills JV wins R400m Gibela train plant contract
Photo by Christo Greyling
Gibela CEO Marc Granger

Gautrain disruptions cause havoc in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      1st June 2016 The month of June started badly for Gautrain passengers with service interruptions adding to the pain of fare increases which came into force on Wednesday. Passengers faced the grim possibility of missing their flights as services from Johannesburg’s Park Station and Pretoria to OR Tambo... 

Gautrain disruptions cause havoc in Johannesburg

Bombela awarded R624m in Gautrain Sandton station claim

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2016 The arbitration tribunal ruling on the Bombela Concession Company’s (BCC’s) Gautrain Sandton Station cavern claim, has increased it provisional quantum award of R354-million, as set in March, to R624-million (excluding VAT). The award was in relation to a claim lodged by the Bombela Civil Joint... 

Bombela awarded R624m in Gautrain Sandton station claim

Insight into proposed Gautrain expansion expected in June

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 The Gauteng government will make an announcement on the possible expansion of the province’s rapid rail system by the end of June, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. He notes that the feasibility study – which is investigating the viability of expanding the Gautrain network –... 

More X’Trapolis Mega trains delivered to PRASA 

By: David Oliveira     25th May 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has, to date, taken delivery of five X’Trapolis Mega train sets being manufactured by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium, in Brazil. A further two of the train sets, each comprising six coaches, were en route to South Africa, while the... 

More X’Trapolis Mega trains delivered to PRASA
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters tells communities to value and protect the new trains being acquired by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer

Gauteng Transport Authority a step closer – Vadi

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2016 The Gauteng government has made strides in advancing its ambitions of establishing an integrated transport authority and narrowing the fragmentation of the public transport system of South Africa’s most populous province. Addressing media prior to Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s Budget Vote for... 

Gauteng Transport Authority a step closer – Vadi
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Thursday launched a specialised crime prevention and detection unit, which is part of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), as a “pre-emptive” step to protect its traffic signals and road infrastructure from acts of vandalism and cable... 

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

Vadi aims for in-principle transport authority agreement before August

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2016 The Gauteng government hopes to sign an in-principle agreement with Gauteng’s three major municipalities – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg – on the formation of a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) before the local elections, to be held on August 3, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr... 

Vadi aims for in-principle transport authority agreement before August
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Comments sought on amended empowerment code for transport sector

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.   The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight subsector codes. It has been... 

CoCT to deploy additional MyCiTi buses to Cape Flats due to Metrorail sabotage

By: African News Agency      18th April 2016 The City of Cape Town will deploy additional buses on the N2 express route between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and Cape Town to assist commuters who may be affected by the expected delays of Metrorail trains on Monday. The Golden Arrow Bus Service will also deploy additional buses on routes... 

CoCT to deploy additional MyCiTi buses to Cape Flats due to Metrorail sabotage

Transport minister slams torching of Metrorail trains

By: News24Wire      18th April 2016 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Sunday condemned recent arson attacks on Metrorail trains in the Western Cape. “Law enforcement agencies are called upon to arrest perpetrators of this senseless destruction of property, criminality and sabotage,” said Peters in a statement issued by the... 

Transport minister slams torching of Metrorail trains

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight subsector codes. It has been... 

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry

Rail arson in Cape Town will cause train delays

By: News24Wire      11th April 2016 Arson attacks on trains at the Cape Town station on Saturday will cause delays to Metrorail’s service on Monday. Five platforms at the station are out of commission while repairs are conducted after carriages were torched. Delays of up 60 minutes are expected as trains wait in a holding pattern... 

Rail arson in Cape Town will cause train delays

Metrorail granted interdict against train strike

By: Reuters     7th April 2016 An interdict has been granted to avert a train strike led by the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) from going ahead, Metrorail said on Thursday. But defective signals and cable theft resulted in delays between ten minutes and one hour on the southern and northern lines. 

Metrorail granted interdict against train strike

Alstom moves to solidify local presence with 51% stake in CTLE

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2016 With the 51% acquisition of local rail company Commuter Transport and Locomotive Engineering (CTLE) now complete, French multinational Alstom is moving to develop a platform that will fully localise its rail presence in South Africa. The group, which rebranded the Nigel-based train modernisation... 

Alstom moves to solidify local presence with 51% stake in CTLE

BRT to change the face of Sandton

By: SANews, SA government news service     5th April 2016 The much anticipated Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) is expected to change the face of Sandton, allowing commuters to travel seamlessly between Alexandra and Sandton by 2017. Construction, which got underway in March 2015, is already at an advanced stage with a bridge connecting one of South... 

BRT to change the face of Sandton

Durban’s municipal bus service pays its way without being bailed out

By: African News Agency      5th April 2016 Durban’s municipal bus service paid its way for the first time in several months without the municipality being forced to bail out the operator of the service. According to a statement released by the eThekwini Metro Municipality, city manager Sibusiso Sithole revealed that in March the salaries... 

Durban’s municipal bus service pays its way without being bailed out

PRASA gets R172bn for commuter system overhaul 

By: News24Wire      14th March 2016 South Africa’s rail commuter system needs a complete overhaul and therefore the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has receive R172-billion for a ten-year period, said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters at a media briefing on Monday. Peters called the media briefing to give feedback on... 

PRASA gets R172bn for commuter system overhaul

New road safety strategy on the cards for S Africa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 The Department of Transport has invited all transport stakeholders to contribute to the formulation of a road safety strategy for 2016 to 2020. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters told attendees at a National Road Safety Strategy Engagement Summit at the weekend that the strategy would serve as a... 

New road safety strategy on the cards for S Africa

Peters wants integrated public transport systems

By: Keith Campbell     9th March 2016 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has called for public transport in South Africa to be integrated and accessible. She was delivering the keynote address at the International Conference on Transport Authorities in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, on Wednesday. "A lot of improvements have... 

Peters wants integrated public transport systems
Photo by Duane Daws
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters

Gauteng Premier pushes for provincial Public Transport Authority

By: Keith Campbell     9th March 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura strongly supported the idea of a provincial Public Transport Authority on Wednesday. He was addressing the first session of the International Conference on Transport Authorities, being held in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg. "I'm convinced that the... 

Gauteng Premier pushes for provincial Public Transport Authority
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

PRASA getting back on track – board chair

By: News24Wire      9th March 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA'S) CFO Hunadi Manyatsa is back at work after a long period of illness, Parliament's committee on transport was told on Tuesday. This was after MPs wanted to know where she was and how she had not picked up some of the incidents of wasteful and... 

PRASA getting back on track – board chair

‘Illegal’ strikes disrupt bus services in Tshwane

By: African News Agency      7th March 2016 The A re Yeng and Tshwane bus services have been “totally” disrupted by an “illegal industrial action”, the City of Tshwane said on Monday. The City of Tshwane said it would “like to inform both the Tshwane Bus Service and the A re yeng Rapid Bus Service commuters that transport services... 

‘Illegal’ strikes disrupt bus services in Tshwane

Uber welcomes ‘tough’ S African transport law

By: News24Wire      7th March 2016 Internet ride-sharing company Uber says it welcomes a new transport bill that plans a crackdown on drivers who don’t have meter taxi licences. The Sunday Times reported over the weekend that Cabinet has approved the National Land Transport Amendment Bill which regards Uber operators as metered... 

Uber welcomes ‘tough’ S African transport law

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2016 Ground was officially broken on Friday at the site of a new 60 000 m2 manufacturing plant, which is being built by the Gibela consortium for the production of new passenger trains for the State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The R1-billion facility, which is being developed... 

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Gibela CEO Marc Granger at the sod turning

City of Cape Town pleased with MyCiti control centre progress

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2016 Accessing route information, security assistance and tracking buses is all part of the progressing technology upgrade underway at MyCiti stations, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday. “We are looking forward to the day when the [Advanced Public Transport Management System] APTMS will be fully... 

City of Cape Town pleased with MyCiti control centre progress

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Overseas market proves lucrative for steel cladding

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 The market acceptance and demand for vitreous enamel steel cladding Vitraclad is proving more popular overseas than locally, says Boksburg-based manufacturer Vitrex.  

Overseas market proves lucrative for steel cladding
EASY MAINTENANCE The environmental properties of Vitraclad make for simple maintenance without having to use cleaning chemicals

Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2016 South Africa’s government plans to inject R865.4-billion into infrastructure projects such as housing, roads, rail, public transport, water and electricity, maintaining its public infrastructure investment commitments over the next three years. The 2016 Budget, tabled on Wednesday, showed... 

Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

Gibela targeting 72% local content at peak of train-delivery contract

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2016 Gibela CEO Marc Granger is positive the R51-billion deal that will see the Alstom-led consortium supply 600 new trains, up to 2027, to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), will move ahead swiftly this year. Up to the end of last year, Gibela awaited the handover of the Dunnottar... 

New year brings four challenges for R51bn PRASA project

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2016 Gibela CEO Marc Granger is positive the R51-billion deal that will see the Alstom-led consortium supply 600 new trains, up to 2027, to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), will move ahead swiftly this year. Up to the end of last year, Gibela awaited the handover of the Dunnottar... 

New year brings four challenges for R51bn PRASA project
Photo by Gibela
The first Gibela train on its way to Wolmerton

TFR’s locomotives to receive advanced HVAC systems

5th February 2016 Custom made mobile air-handling systems designer, developer and manufacturer Booyco Engineering is currently working on the manufacturing of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that will be delivered to train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation in 2018. The HVAC systems... 

TFR’s locomotives  to receive advanced HVAC systems
Photo by Duane
SPECIALIST DESIGNER Booyco Engineering specialises in the design, development and manufacture of custom made and specialised mobile air handling systems for special applications

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