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Companies urged to join the digital revolution

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 Companies have been advised to join the digital revolution, as innovations and technology start to change the nature of jobs and work in the rail and other industries. Siemens Mining and Freight Solutions global head Thomas Bieg on Wednesday said there would be huge demand for people with skills... 

Don’t leave people behind as the pace of technology speeds up, urges Gama

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 It is crucial not to leave people behind amid the hurtling speed of change in technology, Transnet Group CE Siyabonga Gama has warned. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to create better jobs and new industries that have never been thought of. But this must transform the global economy... 

Don’t leave people behind as the pace of technology speeds up, urges Gama

China Railway shares its experience in operating heavy haul trains

By: Kim Cloete     5th September 2017 China’s national rail operator China Railway has outlined its experience in safety and technology tests in developing a 30 000 t heavy haul train, which passes through 13 cities on the country’s Daqin railway line. China Railway Transportation Bureau deputy director general Shen Ruiyuan said the... 

Heavy haul rail industry urged to improve efficiencies

By: Kim Cloete     5th September 2017 The heavy haul industry should work hard to improve the efficiency of rail operations, cut costs of doing business and create internationally competitive supply chains, says Transnet Group CE Siyabonga Gama. He told delegates at the eleventh International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference,... 

Heavy haul rail industry urged to improve efficiencies

Revolutionary industrial changes set to shift the heavy haul industry

By: Kim Cloete     4th September 2017 Heavy haul rail operators across the world have been urged to adapt to rapid advances in technology and improvements in cybersecurity. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change everything. The rise in technology will be profound, but it will also open up bridges for us,” World Economic Forum... 

Swifambo welcomes granting of leave to appeal on contract with PRASA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2017 Swifambo Rail Leasing has welcomed the High Court’s decision granting it leave to appeal a July 3 judgment to set aside a locomotive supply contract awarded to Swifambo by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). In July, the court ruled that PRASA’s R3.5-billion contract with Swifambo,... 

Alstom appoints MD for Southern Africa cluster

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 Alstom has appointed Xavier Boisgontier MD of its Southern Africa cluster with effect from September 1. He will be based in Johannesburg. 

Alstom appoints MD for Southern Africa cluster
Xavier Boisgontier

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2017 State-owned entities Transnet and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have agreed to create a new facility that will extend favourable financing to African and Middle Eastern buyers of Transnet Engineering’s (TE’s) rail rolling stock and port equipment. The financing scheme will be... 

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief officer in advanced manufacturing Thamsanqa Jiyane

No quick fix for Cape Town’s trains, commuters told 

By: News24Wire      25th August 2017 There is “no quick fix” to the problems with Cape Town’s trains, says Metrorail’s Riana Scott, in response to a letter from eight train commuters complaining about constant delays and shortages of trains on the southern line, GroundUp reports. In the letter, sent on August 17, the commuters... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad acceptance that SADC... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade  and value chains across SADC region

No change in Gautrain ownership – Vadi

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Wednesday slammed an announcement by construction company Murray & Roberts that it would soon acquire a 50% ownership in the Gautrain. Vadi and the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) said Tuesday’s announcement by M&R was premature. 

M&R buys further 17% stake in Bombela Concession Company for R405m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) will acquire a further 17% interest in the Bombela Concession Company (BCC) for R405-million, taking its overall stake in BCC to 50%. BCC was established to manage the design, partial financing, delivery, operation and maintenance of the Gautrain rapid rail link,... 

M&R buys further 17% stake in Bombela Concession Company for R405m

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

Ten injured after Metrorail train derails near Bellville station

By: African News Agency      18th August 2017 At least ten people suffered minor to moderate injuries when a train carriage derailed near Bellville station in Cape Town on Friday morning. Emergency services provider ER24 said that at about 08.15, paramedics from ER24, Metro EMS and Rescue Services, police, as well as other services, arrived... 

SADC in need of localised development

18th August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical to industrialisation, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).  

SADC in need of  localised development
NIGEL GWYNNE-EVANS State-owned entities have a critical role to play in attractive private sector investment for infrastructure projects

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 The future of the South African materials handling sector will be impacted on significantly by sub-Saharan Africa development and the ability of South Africa to leverage its export capabilities on the subcontinent, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Business and government must align and work together to realise South Africa’s export potential

Coal India building new railway links to efficiently evacuate production

By: Ajoy K Das     17th August 2017 Coal India Limited (CIL) is undertaking three critical railway infrastructure projects that will enable the miner to efficiently evacuate 282-million tons a year of production. According to a directors’ report of the company, the railway infrastructure projects form part of the miner’s ‘Synergy... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The investigation into State capture by Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday hit its first hurdle as it was confirmed to members that the legislature would not pay for an independent evidence leader. Acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho told MPs she had asked the chair... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

By: News24Wire      16th August 2017 Taxi drivers embarked on illegal protest action in Tshwane on Wednesday morning, blocking several roads and railway lines and pelting passing cars with rocks. Police said several roads in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve as well as the Mabopane highway have been blocked by taxis. 

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

Fund invests into African rail operator

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 The Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2) has concluded an investment into Sheltam Mauritius, which is the parent company of the South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group. This investment was made through a share subscription for 30% of Sheltam for an undisclosed sum. 

Fund invests into African rail operator
RAIL POTENTIAL Sheltam will soon officially launch initiatives aimed at adding significant capacity to the company’s ambition of being a significant rail operator on the continent of Africa

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

Successful event to be held again next year

4th August 2017 Following the success of the Africa Rail exhibition and conference in 2017, the event will be held again on June 12 to 13 next year at the Sandton Convention Centre, in South Africa. 

New association aims to support emerging truck operators

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

New association aims to support emerging truck operators
Photo by Duane Daws
MARY PHADI Tasa aims to mitigate the plight and ‘exploitation’ of emerging cargo carriers who are at the mercy of larger players in the sector

Damaged overhead wires delay Johannesburg trains – Metrorail

By: African News Agency      3rd August 2017 Metrorail said on Thursday that commuter train services operating in Johannesburg were experiencing delays of up one hour in the morning following infrastructural challenges. The commuter train operator said Train 0841 had damaged overhead wires at Jeppe Station, which resulted in fibre break... 

Minister lauds court ruling invalidating two PRASA contracts worth millions of rand

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Wednesday said he “welcomes” the Pretoria High Court judgment ruling two contracts entered into by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with Fenton Gastin, its CFO, were invalid. The first contract that was found to be invalid was the one entered... 

Localisation in infrastructure development in SADC critical for industrialisation

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical for industrialisation, according to African Integration and Industry chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans, who spoke at the SADC Industrialisation Week in Johannesburg on Tuesday.... 

DBSA committed to funding infrastructure projects throughout SADC

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 With low levels of electrification hindering economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – where 78% of the population is reliant on biomass as their main energy source – $57-trillion will be required until 2030 to fund the continent’s infrastructure and energy projects, according to... 

Outgoing PRASA board slams transport minister on completion of tenure

By: African News Agency      1st August 2017 Popo Molefe, the outgoing chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board which completed its term on Monday, took a parting shot at new Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi for failing to attend requested meetings aimed at tackling corruption and governance anomalies. “The... 

No local-content audits yet on Transnet locomotives 

28th July 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the lack of audits on Transnet’s locomotives and how this will impact industrial policy. 

No local-content audits yet on Transnet locomotives
No local-content audits yet on Transnet locomotives

Bearings, power transmission giant moves to 5 000 m2 site  

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 As part of its business strategy to re-engineer and optimise global operations, bearings and mechanical power transmission solutions provider Timken has opened a new facility in Gauteng. The facility spans almost 5,000 m2 and is home to Timken South Africa’s bearing repair and assembly... 

Bearings, power transmission giant moves to 5 000 m2 site
Timken South Africa MD Kevin Holloway and Timken Middle East, Africa and Turkey MD Sudesh Kumar discuss the advantages and strategic importance of Timken’s new facility. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to State-owned Metrorail operator, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), by the end of 2018, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Production of the first car-body shell of the first car of the first... 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

State-owned rail entity showcases products and initiatives 

27th July 2017 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Transnet showcased their diesel-powered TransAfrica locomotive, as well as a range of other products and initiatives, at an investor’s event held in June, at their production facility in Pretoria. Simone Liedtke... 

State-owned rail entity showcases products and initiatives
State-owned rail entity showcase products and initiatives

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... 

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

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.” 

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