City of Cape Town to recruit 100 rail enforcement officers
City of Cape Town to recruit 100 rail enforcement officers

The City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee has approved the appointment of 100 law enforcement officers who will serve in the dedicated Rail Enforcement Unit...

2 Aug 2018

National award for shared heritage railways project
National award for shared heritage railways project

The University of Pretoria's Department of Architecture and Enterprises University of Pretoria's research project, NZASM Footsteps along the Tracks, 1887-1899, has been honoured by SA's highest award for architecture...

Issued by Enterprises University of Pretoria 27 Jul 2018

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Manganese line to be shut down for maintenance

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will shut down its manganese line as part of its annual large-scale maintenance...

27 Jul 2018

When the going gets tough, the tough get railing
When the going gets tough, the tough get railing

Earlier this year, it was widely reported that Zambia had passed a statutory ruling which instructed firms (affecting mostly mining), to transport at least 30% of its heavy and bulk freight volumes by rail...

By Benji Coetzee 4 Jul 2018

Growing cities face challenges of keeping the masses moving up, down and across
Growing cities face challenges of keeping the masses moving up, down and across

Cities worldwide face the problems and possibilities of "volume": the stacking and moving of people and things within booming central business districts. We see this especially around mass public transport hubs...

By Andrea Connor and Donald McNeill 8 Jun 2018

Prasa appoints new group CEO
Prasa appoints new group CEO

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has appointed Sibusiso Sithole as its new group CEO for a period of 12 months effective from 1 June 2018...

5 Jun 2018

National Railways of Zimbabwe emerges from the doldrums
National Railways of Zimbabwe emerges from the doldrums

The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) - a critical state enterprise which is part of the economy's locomotive - is slowly but surely emerging from the doldrums it has been firmly stuck in for years as its $400 million recapitalisation programme bears fruit...

4 Jun 2018

Kenyan president receives 2018 African Road Builders award
Kenyan president receives 2018 African Road Builders award

Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya, has been recognised with the 2018 African Road Builders (ARB) award...

21 May 2018

How Industry 4.0 can address logistics challenges, opportunities
How Industry 4.0 can address logistics challenges, opportunities

Supply chain executives from several diverse industries recently gathered at the 7th Annual Eurasian Supply Chain Congress to listen to a broad range of topics, all with a common theme...

9 May 2018

Consortium signs agreement with Nigeria for railway concession
Consortium signs agreement with Nigeria for railway concession

A General Electric (GE) led consortium has signed an interim phase agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) for the Nigerian narrow-gauge railway concession...

3 May 2018

This month Sweden built the first road that charges electric vehicles as they drive.
Sweden's new road powers electric vehicles - what's the environmental impact?

Sweden has built the first smart road that will allow electric vehicles to charge as they drive...

By Rick Greenough 26 Apr 2018

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to hold a public unveiling of the Toulouse facility sometime later in 2018.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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

Images of Virgin Hyperloop One's prototype pod show a very spacious cabin.
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
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

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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
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'
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
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

Public Protector investigating "irregular" recruitments at Prasa
Public Protector investigating "irregular" recruitments at Prasa

The recruitment processes for several senior employees at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) in the Western Cape were "irregular" and in breach of company policy...

By Barbara Maregele 7 Feb 2018

NEWSWATCH: Delays continue for Metrorail commuters
NEWSWATCH: Delays continue for Metrorail commuters

Metrorail commuters travelling on the central train line along the Cape Flats will be affected by the closed line until Wednesday, 17 January 2018...

15 Jan 2018

Transport Minister orders expedited investigation after Germiston train crash
Transport Minister orders expedited investigation after Germiston train crash

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has directed the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to expedite the investigation into the cause of a collision between two Metrorail trains at Geldenhuis station...

By Linda Ensor 10 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: Industry 4.0: A disruptive revolution or simply evolution?

Historic industrial revolutions have led to the "silent generation" (the likes of Warren Buffet and the Beatles) bearing witness to both pre- and post- liberated populations...

By Benji Coetzee 10 Jan 2018

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