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Public Transport News

DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning 

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2020 The Department of Transport (DoT) intends to take over the functioning of struggling integrated public transport networks (IPTNs) in five cities, with six cities currently operating these systems, says Department of Transport director-general Alec Moemi. IPTNs should, ideally, incorporate bus... 

Five things public transport can do to help flatten the curve 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2020 Public transport has emerged as a central concern in the fight against the transmission of Covid-19, says University of Pretoria Centre for Transport Development’s Christo Venter. Vehicles and transport hubs are ideal places for infections to spread, leading to the shutdown of transport services... 

Christo Venter
Christo Venter

PRASA turnaround under way despite delays

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2020 The turnaround of State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is on track, albeit with delays, in part owing to the situation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo has revealed. In a webinar on May 7, he lamented that the passenger rail agency had... 

PRASA turnaround under way despite delays

PRASA operations to resume under lockdown Level 3 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2020 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations are set to resume under Lockdown Alert Level 3, administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo confirmed in a webinar on May 7. The passenger rail agency terminated all services during the initial lockdown period (Level 5), and has continued to do... 

PRASA operations to resume under lockdown Level 3

Bridge Taxi Finance raises funds to support taxi industry, imports 650 ambulances

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2020 Minibus taxi financier Bridge Taxi Finance has raised more than R280-million as part of a R1-billion fundraising programme to enable it to continue to finance taxis for use by the South African taxi industry. Bridge Taxi Finance provides credit facilities to South African entrepreneurs in the... 

Gautrain reopens with disinfectant spray booths, regular sanitising  

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2020 The Gautrain resumed service, albeit limited, on May 4, following the suspension of all services at the end of March owing to the national Covid-19 lockdown.  Trains will operate daily between 05h30 to 09h30 and 15h00 to 19h00.  

Gautrain reopens with disinfectant spray booths, regular sanitising
Gautrain acting COO Tshepo Kgobe on the operations of the Gautrain as from May 4

TMH's Ivolga trains equipped to help curb spread of Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2020 The technical solutions implemented in Ivolga passenger trains, made in Russia by rail and urban transport manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH), are helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and other infections. All Ivolga passenger electric trains feature a heating, ventilation, and air... 

TMH Ivolga Passenger Train
TMH Ivolga Passenger Train

AfDB signs major loan agreement with SA Taxi

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a $100-million loan agreement with SA Taxi Development, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SA Taxi Holdings (SA Taxi). The loan agreement has an eight-year tenor and incorporates a grace period of six months. The agreement is composed of a... 

Lockdown: Mbalula cuts loading capacity for taxis, rescinding earlier decision

By: News24Wire      2nd April 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has rescinded his earlier decision of allowing taxis to carry a full load of passengers. They would only be allowed a loading capacity of 70% and not a full load as many operators had wished for, he said. 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Engen refinery temporarily shut amid low demand

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2020 The Durban-based petroleum refinery of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products distributor and marketer Engen has undergone a temporary controlled shut down, effective March 27, as a result of forecasted lower demand for petroleum products during the national lockdown which came into effect from... 

Opinion: Transport sector expected to play a key role during lockdown

27th March 2020 As we wake up to a country in lockdown, the rules are still being written and the full impact of the coronavirus for South Africa is yet ahead. Making sense of our new circumstances and adapting to the fast-changing new reality is overwhelming. At the same time it requires exceptional leadership... 

Opinion: Transport sector expected to play a key role during lockdown

Train services suspended for duration of lockdown - Mbalula

By: African News Agency      25th March 2020 All commuter rail services will shut down for the duration of South Africa's national lockdown, transport minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday. "All long-distance passenger rail services, both public and private, will stop operations for the duration of the lockdown. Services of Shosholoza... 

Opinion: Working together to keep public transport Covid-19 free

20th March 2020 In less than a week South Africans have begun adapting to the declaration of a global pandemic, a national state of disaster and the immediate and widespread disruption to our daily lives. The World Health Organisation’s declaration on 13 March 2020 that the global Covid-19 outbreak constituted a... 

Opinion: Working together to keep public transport Covid-19 free

'My worry is the people we transport' – Johannesburg taxi driver

By: News24Wire      20th March 2020 Johannesburg taxi drivers say they need to be equipped with more knowledge about the symptoms and prevention of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). On Thursday, some drivers told News24 that they were in the dark about coronavirus and were not prepared to deal with the outbreak. 

Coronavirus in SA: Gautrain exec tests positive, staff self-isolated, station deep clean

By: News24Wire      18th March 2020 A Gautrain business unit director who travelled from France has tested positive for Covid-19. According to the company, the executive visited its Midrand offices between 12 and 14 March, as well as the Gautrain Park and Sandton stations. He is currently in self-isolation. 

Coronavirus in SA: Gautrain exec tests positive, staff self-isolated, station deep clean

Gautrain assures of cleaning practices after passenger tests positive for Covid-19

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2020 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has advised that a passenger who used the Gautrain Park and Sandton stations has tested positive for Covid-19, and urges visitors to these stations between March 12 and 14 to be vigilant about any symptoms. The businessman was visiting the Bombela Operating... 

Gautrain assures of cleaning practices after passenger tests positive for Covid-19

Coronavirus: E-hailing services to continue in SA under strict 'hygienic protocols' – Bolt, Uber 

By: News24Wire      17th March 2020 E-hailing services Bolt and Uber will continue to operate, amid the fear and panic of the global outbreak of Covid-19, but operations will occur under strict hygienic protocols. "Based on the advice of public health authorities, our goal is to help flatten the curve on community spread in the... 

Tanzania set to launch tender for single gauge railway to Rwanda, DRC

By: African News Agency      12th March 2020 The Tanzanian government has announced that it will soon invite international tenders for the construction of a standard gauge railway (SGR) to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), building and construction magazine, Construction Review Online reported. Tanzania's chief government... 

Cape Town cuts water to PRASA, electricity to follow

By: African News Agency      10th March 2020 The Cape Town municipality has cut water supply to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and will do the same with electricity supply to the troubled entity on Tuesday, deputy mayor Ian Neilson said on Monday. The disconnection comes after PRASA missed a deadline of Friday imposed by... 

Massive R1.4bn boost to get Cape Town central line back on track

By: News24Wire      5th March 2020 The Department of Transport budgeted a massive amount of money to get the problematic Cape Town Central train line back on track. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday said there would be a phased re-introduction of the train service for the central line which served commuters in... 

Eskom power cut derails Western Cape train service, Mbalula not impressed

By: African News Agency      27th February 2020 Commuter trains throughout the Western Cape came to a halt on Thursday as Eskom disconnected power to Metrorail due to unpaid bills, causing transport chaos in the province. Limited service was restored by late afternoon after the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), which owns... 

The night a Van der Merwe and Ledwaba took gold in London  

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2020 After twenty years of first finding ways to kickstart the Gautrain project, then building and running the urban rapid-rail system, Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe has retired. His skills are not lost to Gauteng, however, as he is set to lead the newly established Transport... 

Jack van der Merwe
Jack van der Merwe

'Speeding' Shosholoza Meyl stopped in its tracks following fatal crash

By: News24Wire      19th February 2020 The Shosholoza Meyl, a long-distance train service operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), has been ordered to stop operating with immediate effect. This follows a fatal train crash on February 12, which left one man dead and several others injured when a goods and... 

'Speeding' Shosholoza Meyl stopped in its tracks following fatal crash

KfW, DBSA renew MoU

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th February 2020 German development bank KfW has renewed its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with development finance institution, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), to continue their successful collaboration on the financing and implementation of programmes. The signing of the MoU took place on... 

PRASA denies allegations of abuse of dominance at Jhb intermodal facility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2020 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has welcomed the opportunity to present its case to the Competition Tribunal around allegations that it had abused its dominance through its bus transport subsidiary Autopax. The Competition Commission earlier this week referred PRASA and... 

PRASA denies allegations of abuse of dominance at Jhb intermodal facility

Investigation under way following fatal rail accident in Johannesburg

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the accident between a Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Premier Classe passenger train and a stationary Transnet train between the Roodepoort and Horizon Stations, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday evening. The investigation is... 

Investigation under way following fatal rail accident in Johannesburg

Commission asks tribunal to prosecute PRASA’s Autopax over abuse of dominance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2020 The Competition Commission has referred the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and its bus transport subsidiary Autopax to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for allegedly abusing its dominance. This follows an investigation by the commission into complaints by various... 

Green transport set to overtake cars in world's major cities by 2030

By: Reuters     10th February 2020 From public transport to cycling, sustainable transport is on course to overtake driving in the world's biggest cities within a decade, according to a study released on Monday. Private car trips will drop by 10% on average by 2030 to make up less than half of all city journeys, while public... 

Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2020 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland this week told delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that the world was shifting towards zero emissions transportation and that this will likely result in shortages of 'green' metals, like platinum and copper. He... 

Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum

PRASA administrator appoints technical advisory team  

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2020 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo has appointed a panel of technical advisors to assist him during his 12-month tenure. The rail entity says the technical advisory team will provide PRASA with much-needed technical expertise, while also supporting... 

PRASA administrator appoints technical advisory team

Gibela to focus on quality, suppliers as it ramps up to full production 

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2020 The Gibela consortium will spend the next three years ramping up to full production of 62 trains a year, says CEO Hector Danisa. It may prove to be a challenging period, he adds, as Gibela will need to address some quality issues, as well as build capacity within its supply chain. 

Hector Danisa
Hector Danisa

Gautrain tenders for acquisition, refurbishment of pre-owned trains open 

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2020 Gautrain concessionaire Bombela has issued two tenders related to the procurement of between five and seven pre-owned trains from the UK, for use on the Gautrain system. The first offers are expected to arrive at the end of February, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs. The GMA... 

Gautrain tenders for acquisition, refurbishment of pre-owned trains open

New Gautrain boss to plan for capacity increase, end of concession 

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2020 Newly appointed Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs’s first goal is ensure the Gautrain rail system remains an “excellent, safe and reliable mode of public transport”. It is also important to retain the GMA’s pristine governance record. The GMA manages the Gautrain system on behalf of... 

New Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs
New Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs

Dachs takes over as Gautrain boss as Van der Merwe retires 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2020 Jack van der Merwe, who led the planning and rollout of the Gautrain rapid rail project for two decades, will retire as Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO on February 29. His successor will be long-time COO, William Dachs, announced Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure... 

William Dachs
William Dachs

Train arson: Residents urged to have say in Western Cape police ombudsman's probe

By: News24Wire      29th January 2020 Western Cape residents have until Thursday to have their say on how effectively the South African Police Service is dealing with train arson. The provincial police ombudsman Major General Johan Brand was leading the investigation into the alleged inability of the police in the Cape Peninsula to... 

JRA to resurface the Smit street offramp

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will embark on a road resurfacing programme, which will focus on deep patching on the M1 North Smit street offramp, in Braamfontein. The closure will start on January 22 and end on January 28. 

Administrator sets out ambitious plan for 'broken' PRASA  

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2020 Lifestyle audits, cashless ticketing, renegotiating Eskom tariffs and finalising the general overhaul tender are all on the to-do list for the newly appointed administrator of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Bongisizwe Mpondo. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula appointed Mpondo... 

PRASA administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo
Photo by Creamer Media's Irma Venter
PRASA administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo
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