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Maswanganyi vows bold State intervention to drive transformation

By: News24Wire      24th May 2017 Radical economic transformation was the theme of new Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi's first budget and policy statement to the National Assembly. "Transport will play a leading role in radical economic transformation," Maswanganyi said on Tuesday. 

Mombasa-to-Nairobi rail line set for commissioning

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 Kenya is gearing up for a new era in railway transport with the impending commissioning of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) system on June 1. The East African nation has depended on a dilapidated metre-gauge railway line for more than a century, but that is about to change, following the completion... 

First trains built by Gibela enter commercial service

By: Anine Kilian     9th May 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled 13 new passenger trains to be operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail division. The X’Trapolis Mega trains were built by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium and form part of those to be delivered under a... 

First trains built by Gibela enter commercial service

African countries must create conducive environment to attract more infrastructure investment

By: Shirley le Guern     4th May 2017 Development finance institutions, banks and private investors are collectively sitting on trillions of dollars in capital that could be invested into African infrastructure projects if they were offered returns commensurate with the perceived higher risk environment, Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobisse... 

Peters irrational when she removed PRASA board – court

By: News24Wire      10th April 2017 Former Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters acted irrationally in removing PRASA's board, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled on Monday. Judge Peter Mabuse said in a scathing judgment that her decision was unreasonable and disproportionate and he set it aside. 

Peters irrational when she removed PRASA board – court

Transnet says well-positioned to withstand downgrade

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th April 2017 Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) Global Ratings has downgraded Transnet’s long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating from BBB- to BB+, in line with its assessment of the sovereign rating. S&P’s, however, maintained Transnet’s stand-alone credit profile at bbb, which the parastatal said reflected... 

Transnet says well-positioned to withstand downgrade

Consulting engineer develops process for projects

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Project work for global engineering company Hatch’s Environmental and Social Services Group (Hatch ESSG) is picking up significantly, owing to its continual evolution of the Hatch project life-cycle process (PLP) that includes a strong focus on integrating the social, community and environmental... 

Consulting engineer develops process for projects
EVERT JACOBS The PLP embodies our complete approach and tools to deliver projects throughout their life cycle

Testing of world’s first fuel-cell-powered train under way

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom successfully completed an 80 km/h test run of the Coradia iLint, the world’s first fuel-cell-powered passenger train, at the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Germany, last month. An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and the Czech... 

Transnet calls for private sector support in funding South Africa’s logistics infrastructure

By: Shirley le Guern     4th April 2017 Transnet cannot foot the entire R400-billion bill for logistics infrastructure alone. At least 25% should come from the private sector, which has sufficient funds “sitting and being lazy” on its balance sheets,Transnet CE Siyabonga Gama told delegates at the eThekwini Maritime Cluster’s annual... 

Transnet unveils Trans-Africa locomotive

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th April 2017 State-owned rail company Transnet on Tuesday unveiled the first locomotive to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Africa, the Trans-Africa locomotive. The company said the locomotive, which will be assembled at the company’s production facility in Koedoespoort, east of Pretoria, marked a... 

Transnet unveils Trans-Africa locomotive

Transnet offers voluntary severance packages to staff

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Transnet on Friday confirmed that it is offering voluntary severance packages (VSPs) to its management and bargaining unit employees to streamline its business and ensure the group’s long-term sustainability. The parastatal cited subdued global economic growth, including a weak economic outlook... 

Transnet offers voluntary severance packages to staff

Mobility Vision

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier in February detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

New strategy to give policy direction to rail sector

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 A new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub 

     23rd March 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa in February officially launched its Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, in a long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail.  

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub
AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub

Metrorail cancels trains in Soweto due to protest

By: African News Agency      20th March 2017 Metrorail train services operating in Soweto between New Canada, Dube and Mzimhlophe were on Monday morning suspended Monday morning during peak hours because of a service delivery protest. It was not immediately clear what the protesters were demanding, but the unrest began in the early hours of... 

DBSA secures $100m AFD loan facility to support continental activity

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has secured a $100-million loan facility from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), earmarked for energy, water, transport and information and communication technology infrastructure across Africa. The DBSA aims to continue to advance... 

Transnet mourns passing of board member

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 Transnet chairperson Linda Mabaso on Friday said the passing of human rights lawyer and Transnet board member Peter Williams was a “double blow to our nation”, noting that he still had many years of wisdom and guidance to bestow upon the country. Williams, 49, passed away on Wednesday after... 

Letsoalo denied request to join PRASA board's case

By: News24Wire      17th March 2017 Former PRASA group CEO Collins Letsoalo's request to join the urgent court case by PRASA's former board members was denied by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday. Judge Peter Mabuse said he was not persuaded by Letsoalo's case and refused his application. 

Former PRASA board case postponed

By: News24Wire      16th March 2017 The urgent High Court case brought by former PRASA board members to have their dismissal by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters set aside, was postponed on Thursday morning. After a minute of appearing in the High Court in Pretoria, Advocate David Unterhalter SC requested a postponement to file an... 

Former PRASA board case postponed

Outa, Untu speak out against appointment of interim PRASA board 

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 The United National Transport Union (Untu) does not believe the newly appointed interim board of State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be able to save the entity. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Monday announced the appointment of the interim board, which will be... 

First K+S rail cars arrive at $4.1bn Legacy mine, in Saskatchewan

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The first 177 of 531 custom built rail cars have arrived at potash project developer K+S Potash Canada's (KSPC's) $4.1-billion Legacy mine site, in Saskatchewan. The company on Monday said this was enough to complete one of three trains that will transport KSPC’s product to its potash handling... 

Molefe files urgent application over PRASA board dissolution

By: News24Wire      13th March 2017 Former PRASA chairperson Popo Molefe has filed an urgent application to the High Court in Johannesburg to have the decision to dissolve the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa by the Minister of Transport set aside. Molefe, along with the other fired directors of PRASA, have... 

Molefe files urgent application over PRASA board dissolution

Treasury approval sought for Gautrain expansion plan

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 The proposed expansion of the Gautrain rail system has the capacity to create around 211 000 direct jobs, says Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Speaking at the i-Transport and UATP Conference and Exhibition, in Sandton, in February, he noted that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA)... 

Peters fires PRASA board 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Wednesday, dissolved the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) board with immediate effect. This was revealed in Parliament when acting transport department director general Mathabatha Mokonyama read out a letter from Peters during a portfolio committee... 

They now call me Mr 350% – defiant PRASA CEO

By: News24Wire      7th March 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has twice tried to return suspended acting CEO Collins Letsoalo to sender, with no success. And a week after he was again handed his marching orders, a defiant Letsoalo has insisted that the ongoing salary debacle is not his fault. 

Alstom awarded its first tramway contract in Taiwan

     3rd March 2017 Multinational rail transport company Alstom has been awarded a contract by China Steel Corporation to supply fifteen Citadis trams for Phase 2 of the Kaohsiung tramway project, in Taiwan, which is expected to start revenue service in 2019. This tramway project – the first of its kind for Alstom... 

Alstom awarded  its first tramway  contract in Taiwan
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TRAMWAY CONTRACT Alstom will supply fifteen Citadis trams for Phase 2 of the Kaohsiung tramway project in Taiwan

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Extensive scope for  remanufacture of  locomotive components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL IS LEKKER South Africa’s developing its capacity to remanufacture locomotive engine components can enable it to become a hub to serve Africa

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Leading global advisory firm KPMG is providing full financial, commercial and localisation advisory services for one of public transport utility Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) projects currently under way. The rolling stock project, which reached financial close during the... 

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades
Photo by Duane Daws
PRASA PROJECT The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is replacing the entire metro rail fleet of South Africa through the provision of 3 600 new train car units

S Africa aims to improve poor maintenance of railway infrastructure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 The inability of local rail infrastructure to attract sufficient revenue has led to a deficiency in the required sustaining capital necessary for its maintenance, says professional services consultancy WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff infrastructure and transportation divisional director Vishaal... 

S Africa aims to improve poor maintenance of  railway infrastructure
Photo by Bloomberg
MANDATORY MAINTENANCE Several projects have been implemented or are under way to improve rail infrastructure in South Africa

Grindrod FY16 loss widens on depressed H1 market conditions, impairments

By: David Oliveira     2nd March 2017 Shipping and logistics group Grindrod’s attributable loss widened to R1.9-billion for the 2016 financial year, from a loss of R1.43-billion in 2015, as a result of depressed market conditions in the first half of the year and impairments in its Shipping and Freight Services Rail businesses.... 

I am still PRASA CEO – Collins Letsoalo

By: News24Wire      1st March 2017 Collins Letsoalo believes he is still the acting CEO of PRASA even after the board announced his dismissal on Monday. "I was never fired, I didn't even get a letter. I was informed through media reports," Letsoalo told ANN7 in an interview on Tuesday. 

Gibela to resume Dunnottar plant construction as Duduza protests die down

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 Construction work can now resume at Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s (Gibela’s) R1-billion train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar, after weeks of community protests in Duduza, Ekurhuleni, have come to an end. Gibela earlier this month halted construction work at the plant out of concern for... 

PRASA fires acting CEO, Collins Lestoalo

By: African News Agency      27th February 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has fired the acting group chief executive, Collins Letsoalo, with immediate effect following a unanimous board decision to terminate the secondment at the rail agency. This comes after the controversy behind the remuneration package of Letsoalo... 

Toll freeways, build more Gautrain links and reinvent PRASA, says economist

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier this month detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

 Toll freeways, build more Gautrain links and reinvent PRASA, says economist
Photo by Duane Daws
Andrew Marsay

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2017 The official unveiling of the Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, on Friday, marked the next step in steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail. Dedicated rail links between... 

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

Wage deadlock in rail sector

By: African News Agency      23rd February 2017 Wage negotiations between two transport unions and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) have deadlocked, the United National Transport Union (UNTU) said on Thursday. The union said it was demanding a 20% salary increase, while the employer was offering 3%. 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more  

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more than anticipated in 2016, National Treasury revealed in its 2017 Budget Review on Wednesday. Even as Eskom’s financial performance improved in 2015/16 as a result of a 12.7% tariff hike and a revenue increase by R10.5-billion to R161-billion, it... 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more
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