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Rail industry plagued by theft, vandalism

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2018 Train collisions accounted for the highest number of safety incidents in the rail sector during 2017/18, the Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) annual ‘State of Safety’ report, shows. Other prominent incidents included fires, platform train interchange incidents, people being struck by trains and... 

Nzimande wants urgent report on Kempton Park train crash

By: News24Wire      5th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande wants an urgent report on the Kempton Park train crash after 320 people were injured in the collision between two trains on Thursday. Nzimande is seeking answers from the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR), his spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said on Friday. "Minister... 

PRASA issued a temporary safety permit

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) on Thursday said it has issued the Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with a temporary safety permit. RSR spokesperson Madelein Williams said the temporary safety permit would be valid from August 2 to 31. 

Regulator clamps down on PRASA’s manual operations after crash

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2018 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has banned the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) from operating trains under “abnormal conditions”, or manual authorisations, following a second accident in less than a week involving passenger trains. Two Metrorail trains were involved in a rear-end... 

Move to professionalise work of railway safety inspectors

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) have signed a memorandum of onderstanding (MoU) aimed at professionalising the work of railway safety inspectors. The MoU also aims to ensure that railway safety inspectors and engineers have the necessary... 

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.  

Railway safety body and Engineering Council sign MoU

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) on Friday signed a memorandum of onderstanding (MoU) aimed at professionalising the work of railway safety inspectors. The MoU also aims to ensure that railway safety inspectors and engineers have the necessary... 

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... 

Bellville–Caledon rail route closed following TFR derailment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2015 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) on Tuesday reported that it was investigating the derailment of a Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) train on January 17. The train had been travelling from Bellville to Caledon on the Metrorail network when it derailed between the Faure and Firgrove stations. Four... 

Rail network theft, vandalism rises 14% in 2013/14

By: Natalie Greve     24th November 2014 South Africa’s rail network fell victim to a total of 4 703 separate “security-related incidents”, which largely comprised acts of vandalism and theft, in the 2013/14 financial period – denoting a 14% jump in the number of similar occurrences in the prior year, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR)... 

RSR investigating Rustenburg locomotive, bus collision

By: Leandi Kolver     17th October 2014 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) on Friday said it was investigating a collision between a locomotive and a bus carrying 45 people at a platinum mine, in Rustenburg, on Friday morning. The accident occurred on a mining siding when the bus transporting mineworkers stalled on the railway tracks,... 

RSR to implement Web-based information monitoring system

By: Leandi Kolver     10th June 2014 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) will overhaul its application process through the implementation of an automated Web-based National Information Monitoring System (Nims), which will be launched at the end of this month. The system would give registered operators fast access to a range of... 

Railway Safety Regulator Response to Rapport Article

12th March 2014 The Railway Safety Regulator has in the past weeks been receiving media enquiries from the Rapport pertaining to allegations at Transnet. The allegations relate to Safety Critical Grades which the Rapport claimed to have evidence on.  The latest media enquiry received from the Rapport was on... 

Railway Safety Regulator Response to Rapport Article

11th March 2014 The Railway Safety Regulator has in the past  weeks been receiving media enquiries  from the Rapport pertaining to allegations at Transnet. The allegations  relate  to Safety Critical Grades which the Rapport claimed to have evidence on.  The latest media enquiry received from the Rapport was on... 

Rail Safety Regulator seeks revisions to current revenue model

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th October 2013 During the fourth leg of its national campaign, the South African Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) engaged with stakeholders in Gauteng on proposed revisions to its railway safety permit-fee model last month. 

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