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Rail News

South African govt can’t keep track of multiple probes into State rail

By: African News Agency      14th November 2017 There were so many investigations by different service providers into corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) that government could not keep track, Transport MInister Joe Maswanganyi told MPs on Tuesday. “There are so many investigations there, some we don’t even know what... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2017 Trade union Solidarity has ranked South African Airways (SAA) as the most poorly managed State-owned enterprise (SOE) in the country. Speaking at the launch of its latest report ‘South African State Institutions and the Value for Tax Money’, on Wednesday, Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said SAA... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

Hydrogen could deliver one fifth of world carbon cuts by 2050 – industry group

By: Reuters     14th November 2017 Increasing the use of hydrogen in power, transport, heat and industry could deliver around one fifth of the total carbon emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to safe levels by mid-century, a report by the Hydrogen Council said on Monday. To encourage industries to use hydrogen, Toyota... 

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Following the investment by the Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2), managed by Pan-African fund manager Harith General Partners, in South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group in June, the company has launched several initiatives to enhance its offering to the... 

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering
NEW FACE New initiatives for Sheltam Group include the rebranding to Traxtion

Exxaro, Transnet sign coal export transportation agreement 

     9th November 2017 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Exxaro Resources has signed a ten-year coal export transportation agreement with Transnet, which will increase coal volumes from the Limpopo-based Waterberg region to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, in... 

Exxaro, Transnet sign coal export transportation agreement
Exxaro, Transnet sign coal export transportation agreement

Transport unions submit joint wage demand to Transnet

By: African News Agency      7th November 2017 The United National Transport Union (Untu) and South African Transport & Workers Union (Satawu) on Monday submitted a consolidated wage demand to Transnet for a 12% salary increase for the next three years. According to a statement, Untu wants a three-year multi-term agreement with an undertaking... 

DA to push for better Gautrain subsidy deal

By: African News Agency      6th November 2017 Taxpayer’s will, over and above the R30-billion Gautrain construction price tag, have paid well over R50-billion for this service if current subsidy levels continue, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. The current Gautrain subsidy was the largest single item of expenditure in the budget of... 

Mpho Makwana takes over as Gibela chairperson

     3rd November 2017 Mpho Makwana has succeeded Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi as chairperson of Gibela Rail Transport Consortium, effective October 1.   Makwana has more than 25 years of experience working in South Africa’s public and private sectors.   He is currently the independent nonexecutive chairperson of ArcelorMittal... 

Mpho Makwana takes over as Gibela chairperson
Gibela chairperson Mpho Makwana

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

Heavy increase in irregular expenditure in South Africa, now pegged above R45bn, says AG 

By: African News Agency      1st November 2017 Irregular expenditure by government departments and State-owned entities has ballooned by over 50% in 2016/2017 when compared to the previous financial year, topping R45-billion, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu revealed on Tuesday. “Irregular expenditure has increased by 55% since the previous year... 

Heavy increase in irregular expenditure in South Africa, now pegged above R45bn, says AG
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu

PIC head says needs bigger role in governance of State firms

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC) needs to play a bigger role in improving governance in State-owned companies, its chief executive officer Daniel Matjila said on Tuesday. The PIC, which manages government employees' pension money, is the biggest investor in State-owned firms'... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines how the utility is dealing with ongoing allegations of State Capture and corruption. Recorded: 30.10.2017. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

M&R sells Genrec to Southern Palace

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has sold Genrec to black-owned industrial company Southern Palace Group. Certain assets and liabilities are excluded from the transaction and will remain with the group. 

Local stainless steel industry remains optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 While South African demand for stainless steel is under severe pressure, the potential for growth once the local economy improves is strong and distributors are starting to position themselves strategically to take advantage of this, says stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien... 

Local stainless steel  industry remains optimistic
CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM The global stainless steel market had a strong run early this year, on the back of substantial chromium and nickel price increases at the end of last year, which continued into 2017

Steel company raises the bar in Africa with new technologies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Taking a long-term view that predicts significant growth in demand for stainless steel products in Africa in the next few years, steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode has invested in advanced processing technologies that will cement its position as a market-leader in product... 

Outa lays corruption charges against former PRASA board members over Swifambo contract

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid criminal charges of corruption and fraud against former board members of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) over its “too tall” locomotive contract. PRASA awarded a contract to local company Swifambo in March 2013 for the purchase... 

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 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... 

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially

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

Africa in focus as Transnet sets R100bn revenue target for 2020

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set a target of becoming a R100-billion company by March 2020, with its business interests in the rest of Africa expected to contribute materially to the increase in revenues. In 2016/17, Transnet reported a 5.3% rise in revenue to R65.5-billion.... 

Africa in focus as Transnet sets R100bn revenue target for 2020

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2017 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama says that the freight logistics group is investigating every allegation of possible corruption in relation to the State-owned group’s procurement programmes, revealing that scope of its inquiries extends beyond the R50-billion locomotive contract, which is the subject... 

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Key witnesses in State capture inquiry will need to face the music, warns parliamentary committee chair

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has started its keenly awaited inquiry into allegations of State capture, with a warning that key witnesses will not be allowed to shy away from appearing before Parliament. “We have a right to subpoena a witness if we think that witness has... 

Key witnesses in State capture inquiry will need to face the music, warns parliamentary committee chair

PRASA says it’s on top of security problems

By: News24Wire      17th October 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has responded to the damning letter written by Ernest Hendricks, regional security manager of the Western Cape. In the letter, dated 31 May and addressed to PRASA's head office in Pretoria, Hendricks described problems with the security system,... 

R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2017 An expression of interest (EoI) for the R20-billion crossborder Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project between South Africa and Swaziland will be released to potential investors before the end of 2017, South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Swaziland Rail confirmed on Thursday. The 150 km... 

R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end
R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer 12.10.2017

City of Cape Town wants to get Metrorail back on track

By: News24Wire      10th October 2017 The City of Cape Town says it wants to take control over the beleaguered Metrorail in order to bring it back on track. Councillor Brett Herron said on Tuesday that the City was seeking permission from the Department of Transport (DoT) to fast-track the devolution of control over the rail network,... 

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

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson is preparing a list of witnesses to appear before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Trade and Industry inquiry into the failure of China South Rail (CSR) to meet local-content obligations as part of its supply of... 

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

MoU seeks to improve recognition of rail inspectors

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 A memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at improving professionalism within the railway engineering and railway inspector field was signed between the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) last month at ECSA’s offices in Bruma, Johannesburg.  

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Following the implementation of the business strategy to convert Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium complex, in Mpumalanga, into an industrial park, the park is capitalising on its strategic location, says Highveld Industrial Park CFO Andrew Maralack. Highveld Industrial Park is situated close to... 

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park
CAPITAL LOCATION in less than a year of being operational, Highveld Industrial Park has set up a sustainable business

Portfolio committee accepts terms for inquiry into Transnet’s R50bn locomotive deal 

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th October 2017 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has accepted the terms of reference for its inquiry into State-owned enterprise Transnet’s R50-billion locomotive contract. Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow Trade and Industry Minister Dean Macpherson said on Wednesday that the inquiry needed... 

Portfolio committee accepts terms for inquiry into Transnet’s R50bn locomotive deal
Photo by Duane Daws
DA shadow Trade & Industry Minister Dean Macpherson

Exxaro, Transnet ink ten-year coal transportation agreement

By: Anine Kilian     3rd October 2017 South African diversified resources company Exxaro Resources has signed a ten-year coal export transportation agreement with State-owned rail utility Transnet, which will increase coal volumes from the Limpopo-based Waterberg region to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal,... 

Exxaro, Transnet ink ten-year coal transportation agreement
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo and Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

BLSA statement misleading, says Transnet

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2017 State-owned Transnet on Thursday said Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA’s) statement claiming that it had suspended Transnet’s membership is inaccurate and misleading.    Transnet explained that BLSA had approached it earlier this year to consider renewing its membership for this year but... 

BLSA suspends 'corrupt' Eskom and Transnet

By: News24Wire      28th September 2017 Business Leadership South Africa on Thursday booted out State-owned entities Eskom and Transnet for their involvement in corruption and State capture with immediate effect. The announcement comes as BLSA launched its #BusinessBelieves campaign in Cape Town, where it signed a “contract” with South... 

BLSA suspends 'corrupt' Eskom and Transnet
Photo by Duane Daws
BLSA CEO Bonang Mohale

TFR’s Natcor, coal lines achieve records in September

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2017 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Natal Corridor (Natcor) channel, which operates the railway line that stretches from Rietvlei, in Gauteng, to the Durban Harbour, broke its monthly tonnage record in September. The Natcor channel railed 1.31-million tons, smashing its previous best monthly tonnage... 

Fedusa calls for return of railway police

By: African News Agency      25th September 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) on Monday called for urgent action to stop criminality on trains, including the reintroduction of the Railway Police. In a statement, Fedusa said decisive action was particularly needed in the Cape Town area which has borne the brunt of violent... 

Fedusa calls for return of railway police

Cosatu lays charges against Metrorail with Cape Town police

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2017 The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Western Cape laid charges against Metrorail at Cape Town Central Police Station on Thursday. At issue is the worsening situation of train transport in the city over the past ten years. 

Legal framework offers model for enhancing transboundary infrastructure investment

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) has unveiled the Model Law that provides a framework for the harmonisation of cross-border rules, regulations, laws and policies governing transboundary infrastructure projects in Africa. The Model Law was unveiled at the yearly Nigerian... 

Legal framework offers model for enhancing  transboundary infrastructure investment
Photo by Duane Daws
PAVING THE WAY The Model Law may aid in additional efficiency, transparency and accountability with regard to public and private sector engagement in transboundary infrastructure

Broken lifts and stairs for commuters with wheelchairs

By: News24Wire      21st September 2017 There is no time frame on when railway stations in Cape Town will be universally accessible, but they will be upgraded says Metrorail. The trains themselves will only be fully accessible for wheelchair users in two to three years, GroundUp reported. 

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