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PRASA locomotives contractor paid ANC 'fundraisers' 

By: News24Wire      10th March 2017 Less than a week after PRASA made its first payment of nearly R500-million to the supplier of the controversial Afro4000 locomotives, the latter's managing director paid an amount of R14.3-million into the account of a lawyer who had introduced himself as a fundraiser for the African National... 

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... 

First high-speed railway safety standards in South Africa

     27th February 2017 A high speed railway system may not be on the cards for South Africa in the near future, however, GIBB, South Africa’s leading black owned multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm, has given the country a head start by developing a suite of safety standards for the construction of such... 

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. 

Gautrain expansion project could see local spend of up to R79bn  

By: Irma Venter     14th February 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, on Tuesday, he noted that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA)... 

Junior coal terminal raising capacity, Transnet forges ahead with Waterberg programme

By: Ilan Solomons     6th February 2017 RBT-Grindrod Terminals is ramping up its coal export capacity to 3.6-million tons of coal. RBT-Grindrod, a joint venture between Grindrod and RBT Resources, offers a fully mechanised, brownfield port solution, at Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is entirely separate from the existing... 

Uganda says funding secured for new standard-gauge railway line

By: John Muchira     3rd February 2017 As Kenya gears up to commission the first phase of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) line running from the coastal city of Mombasa to Nairobi, the capital city, in June, neighbouring Uganda has closed financial agreements with Exim Bank of China for the construction of its own SGR line, which will... 

Digital solutions to drive next wave of industrial productivity – Immelt

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2017 The next wave of industrial productivity will be driven by digital solutions, GE CEO Jeff Immelt argued during a visit to South Africa this week, adding that industrial firms would, therefore, have little option but to rethink their strategies in a digital context. The US multinational is in the... 

Caterpillar beats Q4 earnings forecast, optimistic about infrastructure plans

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2017 US earthmoving and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has reported flat year-on-year adjusted earnings for the December quarter, reflecting pressure in many of its end markets owing to weak economic conditions in several parts of the world. The Peoria, Illinois-based company reported... 

Transnet rejects claims that its locomotive acquisition programme is in tatters

By: Anine Kilian     25th January 2017 State-owned Transnet has denied media reports that its R50-billion acquisition programme for 1 064 new locomotives is in tatters. Transnet in 2014 awarded original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive and Bombardier Transportation South Africa contracts for the supply of... 

RS Components introduces high-quality RS Pro enclosures for potentially explosive environments

     19th January 2017 RS Pro enclosures meet wide range of standards, including ATEX and IECEx certification and waterproof ratings, making them ideal for deployment in a variety of industrial market sectors   Johannesburg, South Africa, 19 January, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd December 2016 Transnet has reported progress regarding delivery of the diesel and electric locomotives for the General Freight Business. 

Things not 'hunky-dory' at Prasa, admits acting CEO

By: African News Agency      1st December 2016 The scope of a forensic audit into the embattled Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has been widened and now includes probes into R24-billion in contracts, the rail company’s acting chief executive Collins Letsoalo told MPs on Wednesday. Letsoalo, Prasa board chairman Popo Molefe, and... 

Rolls-Royce unit eyeing Southern African gas-to-power prospects

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 Power systems group Rolls-Royce aims to use a newly inaugurated 100 MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, in southern Mozambique, as a key reference plant, as several countries in the region consider their gas-to-power options. The plant is owned and operated by the independent power... 

Rolls-Royce upgrades Cape engine facility to supply rail programme

By: Kim Cloete     11th November 2016 Rolls-Royce has officially opened a redesigned and upgraded facility in Cape Town, where 232 MTU engines destined for rail will be assembled, tested, painted and commissioned. The engines, which are part of the planned shift to move more freight from road to rail, will be installed in freight... 

Analogue gauges outweigh benefits of electronic instrumentation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 The structure and robustness of analogue pressure-type gauges, coupled with the guaranteed availability of spare parts for locomotives in South Africa, outweigh the benefits of electronic instrumentation that has to be sent away for repair or recalibration, says pressure and temperature... 

Custom-made hoses to be used by railway groups

     4th November 2016 Benoni-based automotive tyre and industrial rubber products producer Dunlop Industrial Products has a high penetration in the African continent where it supplies custom-made solutions, such as the design and supply of vacuum and air brake hoses for State-owned utility Transnet, Passenger Rail... 

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based locomotives company DCD Rolling Stock is extending its technology to wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market. 

Three firms shortlisted to supply 12 trains for Gautrain rail link

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

Track system to benefit railway contractors

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Railway track manufacturer Tubular Track adviser and business development head of T-Track Global Jaap van der Merwe believes that contractors awarded Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) tenders can use Tubular Track’s tubular modular track (TMT) to build and rebuild track and platforms... 

Welding certification to become unavoidable for rail industry

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 With infrastructure development planned to take place rapidly in the rail industry, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) believes that EN 15085 certification is crucial to upholding the quality and safety of railway vehicles and components in the local industry.  

Rail engineering breakthrough from DCD Rolling Stock

     28th October 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based DCD Rolling Stock is now also extending its technology into wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market.... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply 12 new trains of four cars each for the Gautrain. 

Rolls-Royce rolls out MTU South Africa’s upgraded facility in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     27th October 2016 Rolls-Royce has officially opened a redesigned and upgraded facility in Cape Town, where 232 MTU engines destined for rail will be assembled, tested, painted and commissioned. The engines, which are part of the planned shift to move more freight from road to rail, will be installed in freight... 

Caterpillar’s Q3 profit sags, casts dim outlook with lowered 2016 guidance 

By: Henry Lazenby     26th October 2016 The world’s largest earthmoving and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has booked a sharply lower third-quarter profit, citing global economic weakness and an abundance of used equipment available, which is slowing sales. The NYSE-listed company expressed concern that the tough market... 

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 In support of Transport month, the Rail Road Association (RRA) of South Africa will host an inaugural career expo day this month for all rail industry players to meet learners and youth to expose them to the opportunities in the industry. According to RRA officials Trevor Mohlala and Mesela... 

Gauteng govt shortlists three bidders for Gautrain rolling stock contract

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2016 The Gauteng government has shortlisted three bidders to supply twelve new trains of four coaches each to the Gautrain rail link. The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand. 

On-The-Air (30/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2016 Top gold miner Dr Mark Bristow is ‘super excited’ about Africa as the ‘next China’; London-listed Pan African Resources is planning to invest hundreds of millions of rands in a new gold project in Mpumalanga and; The first train powered by a platinum fuel cell locomotive has been unveiled in... 

PRASA owes suppliers and service providers R796m

By: African News Agency      28th September 2016 The Passenger Rail Service of South Africa (PRASA) owes Transnet and muncipalities some R796-million on accounts that have been outstanding for more than 30 days, and is not sure when it will be able to settle. This was according to a response from Transport Minister Dipuo Peters to Democratic... 

Bombardier affirms localisation with new Isando facility 

     22nd September 2016 A new 6 000 m2 production site for rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation’s high-power propulsion equipment was opened earlier this month. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 Two years after inking the first letters of intent (LoIs) with various German states and entities, French multinational Alstom’s zero-carbon-dioxide- (CO2) emission passenger train is set to grace the European country’s rail network. Launched on Tuesday at railway trade fair InnoTrans, in Berlin,... 

Certification enables company to work on rail projects

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 Metal fabricator Fabrinox received the EN 15085 certification last month. This enables the company to work on rail infrastructure projects in South Africa, the rest of Africa and European Union (EU) countries. 

Welding industry seeks new alternatives  

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 With fewer projects being available in the power generation and petrochemical sectors, South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Sean Blake says that for those seeking welding industry opportunities alternative sectors have to be considered. 

ANC denies it benefited from PRASA deal

By: News24Wire      26th August 2016 The African National Congress (ANC) has rejected allegations that the party had been implicated in alleged bribery by a supplier of locomotives to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). News24 on Friday morning reported that PRASA chairperson Popo Molefe had filed new court papers in... 

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2016 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation on Thursday inaugurated a new 6 000 m2 production site and headquarters in Isando. The facility will produce Bombardier Mitrac high-power propulsion equipment for use in the Transnet locomotives project, for which Bombardier is delivering 240... 

New unit to be set up to oversee rail local-content push

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The Department of Public Enterprises and National Treasury will consolidate procurement for locomotives into a single institution, under Transnet, to ensure “efficiency and compliance with the localisation requirements”. The decision to set up the unit was made at the recent Cabinet lekgotla,... 

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