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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... 

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. 

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. 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The bidding process on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system has started. 

LYC bearing range available from ISO Bearings in September

     4th August 2017 With changes in South Africa’s economic landscape forcing many companies to increase their prices to meet their bottom line goals, bearings supplier ISO Bearings has remained undeterred, continuing to provide flexible pricing solutions that assist its customers in meeting business objectives. The... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Transnet has reported progress regarding the delivery of the diesel and electric locomotives for the General Freight Business. 

Lonmin boosts turnaround on upped output, suffers fatalities

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2017 In the three months to June 30, platinum mining major Lonmin recorded lower unit costs and higher net cash on improved production and rising sales – but suffered two fatalities in a quarter when the overall injury level was on a firmly downward trajectory. On sustaining the company’s financial... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August. 

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. 

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... 

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... 

The Internet of Energy is a fanciful dream

By: Kelvin Kemm     30th June 2017 Imagine if someone stated that there was a company losing money and asked what can be done about it.  Then someone else came up with an answer and said: “Oh, that is easy; all you have to do is reduce costs until the company makes a profit.”  Then everyone applauds the wise answer, and nobody... 

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)... 

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... 

‘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... 

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),... 

EFF to lay charges against Gigaba over Transnet locomotive procurement 

By: African News Agency      8th June 2017 The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday said it would open a criminal case against Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, whom it alleged was at the centre of corruption in the procurement of diesel locomotives by Transnet. The EFF could also lay charges against the Transnet board that was in... 

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. 

Bearings company continues international market expansion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 With 50% of its products exported from South Africa, specialised polymer manufacturer Vesconite Bearings continues to reinforce its presence in international markets as companies abroad maintain interest in its product offering.  

New partnership for SA rail industry

     2nd June 2017 Last month, Canada-based system monitoring and control solutions company ZTR Control Systems announced its new partnership with local rail system supplies manufacturer Surtees Railway Supplies, an extended company of the Surtees Rail Group in South Africa.  

Traction transformer investment a response to South Africa’s local-content push

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

ABB opens traction transformer factory 

     18th May 2017 The Global CEO of technology group ABB, Ulrich Spiesshofer, was in South Africa this month to officially open the company’s latest manufacturing investment in the country – a state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. 

NUM marks 22 years since Vaal Reefs disaster

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday remembered the 104 mineworkers that were killed in an accident at AngloGold’s Vaal Reefs mine in 1995. On May 10 that year, a locomotive broke through safety barriers and fell into a lift shaft, landing on a cage transporting people to the... 

In it for the long haul

     8th May 2017 A railway company is Argentina has requested a quote from South Africa-based Vesconite Bearings for the supply of locomotive axle box pedestal liners, following the successful testing of the liners on a working locomotive over a period of six years. The pedestal liners were moulded from the... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

Rail – The Future of Africa’s Industrialisation

     11th April 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, due to underinvestment in rail infrastructure. China’s October 2015 announcement to pledge US$50-billion towards the... 

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... 

Zuma says SA remains committed to fiscal consolidation

By: African News Agency      4th April 2017 The South African government remains committed to fiscal consolidation, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday as calls for his resignation grew louder in the wake of Standard and Poor (S&P) Global downgrading the country to junk status. Zuma said he had instructed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to... 

South African OEM completes equipment delivery to Chinese copper mine

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2017 South African original-equipment manufacturer Galison earlier this month completed the delivery of an automated underground rolling stock solution, comprising 40 underground wagons and two tipping stations, to Chinese State-owned copper mine Pulong, in Yunnan province, China, at a cost of about... 

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)... 

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... 

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... 

LH Marthinusen completes locomotive traction motors manufacturing project

     27th February 2017 LH Marthinusen (LHM), a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, isa leading repairer of transformers and large rotating machines and manufacturer of specialised transformers, recently completed a contract for the manufacture of 16 new 500kW DC traction motors to replace existing motors for diesel electric... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The Gauteng government is expected to announce the preferred bidder on the supply of new, additional rolling stock for the Gautrain system by mid-year. 

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