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Government looks to rail sector to grow economy
Government looks to rail sector to grow economyArticle

The South African government's proposed policy interventions, to allow third-party access to South Africa's rail infrastructure, will provide an opportunity not only for the growth of the freight transportation sector but also for the growth, transformation and industrialisation of the economy...

31 Mar 2021

It's time SA had a serious talk about rail
It's time SA had a serious talk about railArticle

Rail has long been the backbone of the South African logistics and transport value chain and will become even more critical in a post-Covid-19 environment...

Mesela Nhlapo 15 Mar 2021

Rail sector ready to boost economy - African Rail Industry Association
Rail sector ready to boost economy - African Rail Industry AssociationArticle

The unemployment rate is imposing 'significant' pressure on taxpayers and the country's budget, but the rail sector is ready to contribute to reducing these numbers...

26 Feb 2021

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SA rail boom could signify big win for all industry stakeholdersArticle

Opening up third-party access to South Africa's rail infrastructure would fundamentally change the way freight moves in the country - this would not only grow the size of the rail market for all players but ultimately benefit a range of industries and the entire economy...

2 Feb 2021

Traxtion commits to R1.5bn rail investment as part of SA's economic recovery plan
Traxtion commits to R1.5bn rail investment as part of SA's economic recovery planArticle

Traxtion plans to invest a further R14-17bn in locomotives and wagons over the next five years as part of a carefully scaled rolling procurement programme...

27 Oct 2020

Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman on women winemakers and the state of the SA wine industry
Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman on women winemakers and the state of the SA wine industryArticle

Ahead of Women's Day on Sunday, August 9, Bowman talks about how the alcohol ban has seriously damaged an already frail wine industry and how much styles and trends have changed in recent years...

Janine Greenleaf Walker 3 Aug 2020

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Heavy haul conference to play critical role in building sustainable economyArticle

In order to ensure that South Africa's rail network achieves its true potential, the rail industry needs to take greater steps to start introducing smart and resilient railway operations and infrastructure, so as to improve efficiency and safety...

5 Mar 2020

Monorail presents a world of opportunities for South Africa
Monorail presents a world of opportunities for South AfricaArticle

Central to a modern industrial economy - and one which fosters increased international investment and trade - is a high-functioning transport network. And in South Africa, central to that is rail...

Aubrey Lekwane 13 Feb 2020

Public protector taken to court over Prasa corruption report
Public protector taken to court over Prasa corruption reportArticle

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report into the Passenger Rail Association of SA has been taken on review in the Gauteng High Court. Activist group #UniteBehind accused her last week of writing a negligent report...

Drew Wayland 5 Nov 2019

Investments in rail transport essential for the success of Africa's free-trade area
Investments in rail transport essential for the success of Africa's free-trade areaArticle

Africa is on the cusp of launching a free-trade zone that could meaningfully boost economic growth and unlock the continent's vast potential...

Aubrey Lekwane 30 Oct 2019

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African Ports and Rail Evolution Forum tackles Transport 4.0Article

The eighth annual African Ports and Rail Evolution Forum is currently underway at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa, exploring issues affecting the transport sector, and the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)...

14 Oct 2019

PRASA network in Gauteng region to get new signalling system
PRASA network in Gauteng region to get new signalling systemArticle

Siemens Mobility was commissioned to install a new signalling system across the PRASA network in the Gauteng region...

12 Feb 2019

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

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...

Benji Coetzee 4 Jul 2018

Soria Hay, head of corporate finance, Bravura
'Once empowered always empowered' victory may be a hollow oneArticle

The Chamber of Mines emerged victorious when the High Court ruled last week that South African mining companies aren¹t required to top up black ownership levels if they have previously met the minimum requirements...

9 Apr 2018

Siemens and Alstom couple train units
Siemens and Alstom couple train unitsArticle

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

Untrained truck drivers placing strain on economy
Untrained truck drivers placing strain on economyArticle

Arrive Alive figures suggest that 27.5% of accidents on our roads are caused by trucks and light delivery vehicles. Truck accidents accounted for 4.8%...

7 Feb 2018

Mining industry hopes the new broom will sweep it clean
Mining industry hopes the new broom will sweep it cleanArticle

The mining industry is poised on a knife's edge with its future largely dependant on what the ANC's newly installed management team does in the months ahead...

Jonathan Veeran 25 Jan 2018

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New African railways ride on Chinese loansArticle

Earlier this month, the first train rumbled down the tracks of a $3.4 billion electric railway connecting landlocked Ethiopia with Djibouti and its access to the Red Sea...

Salem Solomon 27 Jan 2017

Hon. Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga, Deputy Minister of Transport, South Africa
Finalists for Women in Transport Awards announcedArticle

The Women in Transport Awards is a collaborative platform dedicated to recognising excellence within the rail and maritime industry in Africa...

12 Oct 2016

Transnet locos lag in local content
Transnet locos lag in local contentArticle

Two years after Transnet signed a historic R50bn deal with four manufacturers for 1,064 locomotives, it has hit a snag. SABS says it has not yet received satisfactory information...

29 Apr 2016

Local suppliers to benefit from passenger rail upgrade
Local suppliers to benefit from passenger rail upgradeArticle

Prasa has allocated R39bn of its R172bn modernisation programme - which will overhaul Metrorail's aging rolling stock - for procurement from local suppliers...

Andiswa Maqutu 25 Apr 2016

Gibela speeds up train-building effort
Gibela speeds up train-building effortArticle

The R1bn factory to be built for the production of nearly 600 new trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of SA will be one of the biggest and most productive in the world...

7 Mar 2016

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Metrorail offers R100,000 for info on 'orchestrated sabotage' of trainsArticle

Metrorail Western Cape on Monday offered a R100,00 reward for information leading to the conviction of the people behind the torching...

Jenni Evans, News24 29 Dec 2015

Transport and Rail sector legislation under reviewArticle

The current legislation governing the transport and rail sector is under review with a proposed Single Transport Economic Regulation (STER) Bill...

Claire Barclay and Sean Jamieson 20 Oct 2015

SA looks to retool network to put rail back on top
SA looks to retool network to put rail back on topArticle

South Africa is preparing to invest billions of rands in a newer, faster rail network that will help the rail industry to recapture its share of the transport sector...

Shenaaz Jamal 23 Sep 2015

Steloy Castings IRIS accredited
Steloy Castings IRIS accreditedArticle

Steloy Castings has announced their IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard) accreditation, marking a significant milestone for the company...

27 Jul 2015

Railway Engineering celebrates 21 years' collaborative training with the University of Pretoria and Transnet
Railway Engineering celebrates 21 years' collaborative training with the University of Pretoria and TransnetArticle

Transnet and the University of Pretoria (UP) are celebrating 21 years of collaborative training and research in Railway Engineering in 2015...

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Inspiring youth to follow career in rail industry
Inspiring youth to follow career in rail industryArticle

D3, a soft skills development company, earlier this year launched a programme called 'Discover your Career' with specific emphasis being placed on key areas within the economy.

8 Aug 2014

Gov reaffirms support for localisation of transport industry
Gov reaffirms support for localisation of transport industryArticle

The South African government has reaffirmed its commitment to local procurement and manufacturing.

25 Jun 2014

China wins lion's share of Transnet's train tender
China wins lion's share of Transnet's train tenderArticle

China's two largest rolling-stock manufacturers are the biggest winners of a R50bn deal to manufacturer more than 1,000 locomotives for Transnet‚ confirming South Africa's preference for doing business with members of the Brics alliance.

Razina Munshi and Mark Allix 20 Mar 2014

China wins lion's share of Transnet's R50bn train tender
China wins lion's share of Transnet's R50bn train tenderArticle

China's two largest rolling-stock manufacturers are the biggest winners of a R50bn deal to manufacturer more than 1000 locomotives for Transnet‚ confirming South Africa's preference for doing business with members of Brics.

Razina Munshi and Mark Allix 18 Mar 2014

Grindrod, Pembani form new rail-leasing company
Grindrod, Pembani form new rail-leasing companyArticle

Freight and logistics company Grindrod's subsidiary‚ Grindrod Freight Services (GFS)‚ has teamed up with the Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund (PRIF) to form a leasing joint venture.

21 Jan 2014

No locomotive deal probe needed says Prasa
No locomotive deal probe needed says PrasaArticle

The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has rejected the DA's call for the auditor general to investigate a R3.5bn locomotive deal that was outsourced because Transnet would not have been able to deliver the trains.

15 Oct 2013

Union, Motlanthe meet over rail fleet
Union, Motlanthe meet over rail fleetArticle

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe heard the Federation of Unions of SA's (Fedusa) concerns over a multi-billion rand fleet renewal programme.

19 Aug 2013

Transnet Freight Rail, KSI sign MoU
Transnet Freight Rail, KSI sign MoUArticle

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at exploring possible collaboration opportunities within the railway and transportation sector globally has been signed between Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and the Kirilo Savic Institute (KSI).

24 Jul 2013

Transet's locomotive deal way off schedule
Transet's locomotive deal way off scheduleArticle

Transnet's controversial R2.6bn contract with a Chinese firm to build electric locomotives is up to six months behind schedule, raising questions about South Africa's preference for doing business with China to advance its Brics ambitions.

Nicky Smith 5 Jul 2013

Officials to meet over Transnet tenders
Officials to meet over Transnet tendersArticle

The Department of Trade and Industry has called for a meeting of top government officials after almost a year of tireless lobbying by specialised spring manufacturer Springmaster over the role state-owned Transnet Engineering (TE) has been playing in the rail engineering sector.

Nicky Smith 19 Jun 2013

Public Enterprises wins Treasury battle
Public Enterprises wins Treasury battleArticle

A six-month battle between the Treasury and the Department of Public Enterprises over the empowerment and local content weighting in Transnet's R35bn acquisition of new locomotives has ended with the Treasury agreeing to let the tender go unchanged.

Nicky Smith 15 May 2013

Metrorail refutes claims of incompetent train driver
Metrorail refutes claims of incompetent train driverArticle

PRETORIA: Metrorail has refuted claims suggesting that one of the train drivers involved in last Thursday's train collision near Kalafong had previously been involved in a similar accident.

6 Feb 2013

High speed trains to improve public transportArticle

PRETORIA: The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is set to introduce an electric high speed train fleet in 2015, which will offer faster journey times and greater reliability.

13 Dec 2012

Prasa revamps rail servicesArticle

Before the end of the year, one of seven international bidders will be awarded the most lucrative rail contract currently available in the world.

11 Nov 2012

Prasa R136bl rolling stock programme plans underwayArticle

Rail industry news site Rail.co reports that preparations for the procurement of new rolling stock by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) are already underway. As part of the R136bl acquisition programme, Prasa will now be embarking on a Local Supplier Market Survey to 'measure the strength and capacity of the local industry in fulfilling the 65% localisation minimum target by all qualifying tender bids'.

16 Feb 2012

Stopping vandalism in its tracksArticle

Metrorail in the Western Cape will be the first commuter rail service provider in the country to use DataDot technology to recover stolen assets and curb an increase in vandalism, which costs the company millions of rands each year.

Wilma den Hartigh 15 Nov 2011

Supply chain collaboration essential for eco-friendly logistics operationsArticle

More environmentally friendly logistics strategies and operations will come - but this will be as a result of consumer pressure and will require collaboration between supply chain partners and a culture of trust. This was the key message which emerged from the SCALA Consulting Annual Logistics Debate. The debate, "Will environmental issues force logisticians to think the unthinkable?" was held on 12 July 2007 in association with the West midlands CILT (UK).

24 Jul 2007

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