BizTrends 2018


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Pieces fall into place for new Hyperloop test track in France

Startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has been quite busy signing deals to explore the potential of high-speed transport routes all around the world, but has little in the way of functioning prototypes and test tracks to show for it...

By Nick Lavars 17 Apr 2018

Prasa's bizarre CEO appointment

Cromet Molepo, Prasa's acting group CEO for just four months, started retirement on Sunday with leave worth more than R1.3-million and a controversial legacy...

By Rebecca Redelmeier 6 Apr 2018

Almost 1,400 train coaches lost due to vandalism in past three years

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has lost almost 1,400 train coaches due to vandalism in the past three financial years resulting in over R503m in losses...

27 Mar 2018

Siemens and Alstom couple train units

PARIS, France - The maker of France's iconic TGV trains Alstom and German industrial leader Siemens have signed an agreement on creating a global leader in the rail industry...

26 Mar 2018

Benin president taps China for controversial railway

COTONOU, Benin - Benin's President Patrice Talon has asked local firm Petrolin and French giant Bollore to "withdraw" from a major rail infrastructure project to make way for China, in the latest development of the controversial scheme...

26 Mar 2018

How to effectively report railway crimes

More and more commuters are affected by crime on railways and many are reaching a point where they feel helpless, leading them to take matters into their own hands. They often do this by posting a comment or video recording on social media.

16 Mar 2018

More than 30 global firms want to supply Tanzania with electric trains

The government has reportedly started screening more than 30 global firms which applied for contracts to supply electric trains to ply the standard gauge railway (SGR) line of which construction just started...

By Sylivester Domasa 6 Mar 2018

Anger as rail construction begins in Nairobi National Park

Kenyan conservationists expressed outrage on Thursday, 1 March 2018, after construction of a railway line began inside Nairobi's famed national park, saying this defied a court order halting the project...

5 Mar 2018

Virgin Hyperloop One shows off a passenger pod in Dubai

Virgin Hyperloop One has been making inroads in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a little while, having already presented its vision for a route connecting cities across the Middle East, including a 12-minute link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

By Nick Lavars 1 Mar 2018

Prasa to fork out R1bn in backpay as it reinstates 700 dismissed workers

The cost to reinstate the 700 workers who were fired by the Passenger Rail of South Africa (Prasa) after a protected strike five years ago will amount to over R1-billion...

By Ernest Mabuza 28 Feb 2018

France to force reforms to 'untouchable' rail sector

PARIS, France - President Emmanuel Macron's government unveiled on Monday plans to push through reforms of France's mammoth rail system, daring to tread where his predecessors have failed...

27 Feb 2018

Zimbabwe's national railway back on the rails

The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has entered a new era towards a historic turnaround after President Mnangagwa officially commissioned $400 million coaches, wagons and locomotives...

23 Feb 2018

Prasa to get a new permanent board 'soon'

A permanent board will soon be installed at the Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa), Deputy Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga says...

By Khulekani Magubane 14 Feb 2018

Cape Town to upgrade security on railways

A huge security operation was unveiled on Friday for Cape Town's collapsing and crime-ridden railway system...

12 Feb 2018

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