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Rail News

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2017 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has confirmed with Engineering News Online that it has not conducted any verification of local content in the 1 064 locomotives being acquired by Transnet and that it also does not have an agreement with Transnet to do so. Transnet awarded the... 

Three bidders shortlisted for 12 new Gautrain train sets

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

‘Gigaba stifling good governance’ – Popo Molefe 

By: African News Agency      18th July 2017 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board chairperson Popo Molefe on Tuesday accused Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba of withholding a National Treasury nominee to his board and stifling corporate governance at the state enterprise. Molefe, who was reinstated as board chairman following a... 

‘Gigaba stifling good governance’ – Popo Molefe

Competition Commission launches inquiry into public transport sector

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Competition Commission has launched a market inquiry into the public passenger transport sector following numerous complaints relating to public transport in the country.    The ‘Public Passenger Transport Market Inquiry’ was recently published in the Government Gazette and the commission is... 

Australian products showcased at event

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Following the establishment of Australia-based industrial solutions provider HMA Group’s South African subsidiary, the company is looking forward to showcasing its diverse offering at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Australian products showcased at event
POWER PRODUCTS Fireye’s strong footprint in the African power generation sector will be further bolstered through its partnership with the HMA Group

Nigerian Society of Engineers on how private sector can be incentivised to build infrastructure

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The public sector in Africa should understand and nurture the idea that increased private sector investment in infrastructure is the best way to achieve “intense job creation”, and to incentivise funding and skills transfer, says Nigerian Society of Engineers infrastructure and public-private... 

Passenger rail group in final stages of deploying digital comms system

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 A digital wireless communications system – GSM for railway, or GSM-R – is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations and run its rail passenger transport systems more efficiently, says information technology multinational Huawei Railway executive... 

Coal export line shuts for planned maintenance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2017 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has confirmed that the export coal line from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal, was closed for its yearly maintenance shutdown on Tuesday, July 11 and will remain closed for planned maintenance until Monday, July 17. The... 

Coal export line shuts for planned maintenance

Alstom completes first 20 trains for PRASA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 International railway systems and equipment major Alstom on Tuesday has completed the manufacture of the first 20 trains as part of its €4-billion contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). The contract, signed in 2013, commits Alsom to supply 600 X’Ttrapolis Mega trains... 

Transnet not selling its property portfolio – spokesperson

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2017 Transnet on Tuesday dismissed claims that its request for proposals (RFP) for the optimisation of its property portfolio was a R40-billion business opportunity to be taken advantage of. Responding to a statement issued by the Democratic Alliance (DA) last week, Transnet spokesperson Viwe Tlaleane... 

NPA eyeing prosecution over PRASA billions

By: News24Wire      10th July 2017 The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) may decide at the end of July whether or not it will prosecute anyone over allegedly corrupt contracts worth billions of rands awarded by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The NPA has told News24 that its Specialised Commercial Crime Unit... 

New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi

R16bn Swazilink rail project being prepared for release as a PPP

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2017 Southern African railways utilities Transnet and Swaziland Railways have agreed to package the 146-km ‘Swazilink’ greenfield line between Lothair, in South Africa, and Sidvokodvo, in Swaziland, as a public-private partnership (PPP) and may release an international tender for a 20- to 25-year... 

R16bn Swazilink rail project being prepared for release as a PPP
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Musina intermodal terminal expected to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched in June, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Musina intermodal terminal expected to improve  cross-border trade
Photo by Duane Daws
SARS XRAY SCANNER A customs cargo X-ray scanner scans a truck at the Beitbridge border post

SA antenna technology used on Swiss Alps tunnel

By: Dylan Slater     7th July 2017 Antennas from South African wireless technology company Poynting Antennas are being used in the world’s longest and deepest train tunnel – the Gotthard Base Tunnel – which runs through the Swiss Alps mountain range, in Switzerland.  

Transnet launches probe into locomotive procurement corruption claims  

     6th July 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about how Transnet is dealing with allegations of corruption relating to its procurement of new locomotives. 

Transnet launches probe into locomotive procurement corruption claims
Transnet launches probe into locomotive corruption claims

Transnet suspends operations on Richards Bay coal line

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2017 Operations along Transnet’s Richards Bay coal line (RBCL) have been suspended, owing to ongoing violent community protests across KwaZulu-Natal. The State-owned company on Thursday said the step was taken to curb potential losses to the local economy, with Transnet working closely with customers... 

Transnet suspends operations on Richards Bay coal line

Transnet bids to recapitalise Zimbabwe's State rail firm 

By: Reuters     4th July 2017 South African logistics group Transnet has bid to recapitalise National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) with $400-million, the State Procurement Board (SPB) said on Tuesday. NRZ is saddled with a debt of $200-million and has gone for months without paying its workers as Zimbabwe's experiences a... 

Transnet insists bond appetite remains as it again lowers capex forecast 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2017 State-owned logistics group Transnet has sought to refute reports that demand for its bonds had collapsed following the recent downgrades to South Africa’s credit rating, insisting that appetite for its bonds remains strong both domestically and internationally. CFO Garry Pita said the reports... 

Transnet insists bond appetite remains as it again lowers capex forecast
Transnet CFO Garry Pita on continued appetite for the group's bonds. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 3.7.2017

Board 'vindicated' by PRASA court ruling – Popo Molefe

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2017 PRASA board chairperson Popo Molefe says the State-owned rail entity’s board feels vindicated by Monday’s High Court judgment to review and set aside the company’s controversial contract for new locomotives. Johannesburg High Court Judge J Francis on Monday ruled that PRASA’s R3.5-billion... 

Board 'vindicated' by PRASA court ruling – Popo Molefe

Transnet appoints Werksmans to probe locomotive corruption claims  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2017 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet reports that Werksmans Attorneys has been appointed to oversee a board-level probe into allegations of corruption relating to its purchase of locomotives from China South Rail (CSR). Opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) recently laid... 

Transnet appoints Werksmans to probe locomotive corruption claims
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines nature of board-led probe into locomotive corruption allegations. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 3.7.2017

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched on Monday, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is taken on a tour of the Beitbridge Border Post on Monday

Infrastructure development key to accelerating growth, Gama avers 

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd June 2017 Industrialisation and the provision of infrastructure will accelerate Africa’s economic growth, says State-owned logistics provider Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Speaking at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference promotion breakfast, in Johannesburg, earlier this month, he... 

Infrastructure development key to accelerating growth,  Gama avers
SIYABONGA GAMA We need to make sure that Africa’s share of global trade continues to grow

Italian forged railway products group makes R200m SA investment

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 Italian forged railway product manufacturer, Lucchini RS, in June officially opened its new manufacturing facility in Germiston, Ekurhuleni. The R200-million investment sees the company evolve from importer into local manufacturer. “Having actively traded forged railway wheels and axles in South... 

Transnet denies claim that no CSR locomotives made in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has described as “inaccurate” the claim that none of the locomotives procured from China South Rail (CSR) have been manufactured locally. Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)... 

Transnet denies claim that no CSR locomotives made in South Africa

Ansys outperforms in tough FY17

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2017 AltX-listed Ansys celebrated a successful turnaround, its thirtieth year in operation and its tenth year as a listed company with a surge in earnings in what CEO Teddy Daka described as an exceptional 12 months to March 31. The technology-based solutions company had registered a second... 

GE signs $575m agreement to supply locomotives to Egyptian National Railways

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2017 General Electric (GE) has signed a letter of intent with the Egyptian Ministry of Transportation (MoT) and Egyptian National Railways (ENR) to supply ENR with 100 GE ES30ACi Light Evolution Series Locomotives. The $575-million deal also includes technical training aimed at improving the... 

Africa should embrace private sector infrastructure investment

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2017 The public sector in Africa should understand and nurture the idea that increased private sector investment in infrastructure is the best way to achieve “intense job creation”, and to incentivise funding and skills transfer, says Nigerian Society of Engineers infrastructure and public-private... 

 Africa should embrace private sector infrastructure investment

Africa’s rail development key to growth in intra-Africa trade

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2017 A lack of efficient rail infrastructure and a rail “disconnect” were inhibiting dealings within the continent and contributing to struggling intra-African trade growth, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa-Alliance for Commodity Trade in East and Southern Africa trade and market director... 

Funding a thorny issue as GMA pushes for Gautrain expansion  

     14th June 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the Gauteng Management Agency’s proposed plans to expand the Gautrain rail service in Gauteng and how this could be funded. 

Funding a thorny issue as GMA pushes for Gautrain expansion
Funding a thorny issue as GMA pushes for Gautrain expansion

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has found that, despite local-content obligations, not one of the China South Rail (CSR) locomotives being procured by Transnet has been assembled in South Africa and that all have... 

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims

More Metrorail delays after delayed Cape Town trains torched

By: News24Wire      13th June 2017 Train commuters were on Tuesday stuck with further delays on all routes after eight train carriages were set alight at Cape Town station. In a service alert on its Twitter account, Metrorail said residual delays of "60+" minutes were being experienced in the region. 

Transnet sets up special review committee as locomotive-contract heat is turned up

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has established a special committee to review the company’s procurement processes, with a specific focus on the locomotive acquisition programme. The programme, and specifically the procurement of 359 electric locomotives from China South Rail (CSR),... 

Transnet sets up special review committee as locomotive-contract heat is turned up

Maswanganyi confirms letter to PRASA board, won’t reveal its contents

By: African News Agency      6th June 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Tuesday confirmed he wrote a letter to the PRASA board, but refused to divulge whether the missive had asked board members to supply him with reasons why they should not be suspended. “…the letter remains a private and confidential correspondence between the... 

TFR introduces new customer-centric apps

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is introducing three digital business solutions to enhance its business and customer relations. Through Transnet Online, the parastatal seeks to unlock digital value. Formerly known as R2R, Transnet Online is available for customers to download from Google Play and... 

Industrialisation, infrastructure development to accelerate economic growth – Gama

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th June 2017 Industrialisation and the provision of infrastructure will accelerate Africa’s economic growth, says State-owned logistics provider Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Speaking at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference promotion breakfast, in Johannesburg, on Monday, he highlighted... 

Italian group invests R200m in local railway wheel plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 Italian forged railway product manufacturer, Lucchini RS, on Friday officially opened its new manufacturing facility in Germiston, Ekurhuleni. The R200-million investment sees the company evolve from importer into local manufacturer. 

Italian group invests R200m in local railway wheel plant
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