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NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEY

The National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), conducted throughout the country by Statistics South Africa between February and March 2013 on behalf of the Department of Transport, was released officially on 17 July 2014. Commenting on the report, transport minister Dipuo Peters said government recognises that accessibility to affordable, safe and reliable transport remains a challenge […]

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TRANSNET PENSIONERS FOR CLASS ACTION

According to the newspaper Rapport, 62,160 pensioners have asked the High Court in Pretoria for approval to bring a class action against Transnet. The suit involves around R79.963 billion in assets and interest. The legal team bringing the action, the paper says, “discovered documents showing that the [pension] fund’s trustees, all employees of Transnet, were […]

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NEW LINE ALONG THE MOLOTO ROAD

According to South African transport minister Dipuo Peters, the Moloto Road north of Pretoria – notorious for fatalities among daily travellers – carries the same volume of traffic as the N1 national road, with 600 buses carrying 100,000 people every weekday between Pretoria and KwaNdebele. The first feasibility study for a proposed electric commuter railway […]

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BLACKIE HEADING BACK TO CAPE TOWN

The historic 1,435mm gauge locomotive Blackie, which has been in storage at Firgrove near Somerset West since work began on revamping Cape Town’s main station, is soon to be going home. Tenders – which closed on 21 July – have been invited by the South African Heritage Resource Agency from “suitably qualified and experienced service […]

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TFR AUCTION SALE 105, 17 JULY 2014

Peter Bagshawe reports – At this auction, 36 of the 40 lots were sold. The list totalled 130 wagons, 27 tankcars, 2 steam cars, 1 shunt car and one caboose. These included six wagons whose sales in Sale 104 must have fallen though, plus some other wagons that were not sold then. There were no […]

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WATERBERG RAIL FEASIBILITY

Tenders from consultants interested in carrying out feasibility studies related to proposed new lines for coal conveyance from the Waterberg – and the combining of certain existing lines – close on 8 August. A clarification meeting took place at the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg on 21 July. Specifically it is intended to link Lephalale in […]

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COMMUTER BODY OPPOSED TO TOWNSHIP GAUTRAIN

The South African Commuter Organisation (Saco) has taken a stand against the publicised proposals to extend the Gautrain luxury train network to Soweto (south-west of Johannesburg) and Mamelodi (north-east of Pretoria). Saco president Stephen Sangweni was quoted by the SABC saying at a meeting of the portfolio committee on transport in the Gauteng legislature: “We […]

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EXTENDING GAUTRAIN TO DURBAN

Commenting in the Sunday Times on Gautrain criticism – and in particular the opposition to proposed extensions – Bombela Concession company executive Errol Braithwaite, says “The proposed rail network will ultimately consist of a high-speed rail link between Durban and Johannesburg and rapid rail links to Westgate, Boksburg, Naledi in Soweto and Mamelodi in Pretoria, […]

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GAUTRAIN’S PATRONAGE GUARANTEE

Regarding Gautrain’s patronage guarantee, Bombela Concession company executive Errol Braithwaite, commenting in the Sunday Times on Gautrain criticism, explains that at the time when the contract was being negotiated, Bombela prepared estimates of expected patronage. “It was agreed that if actual revenue fell below Bombela’s forecast, the company would be financially penalised. This was an […]

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CAMINHOS DE FERRO DE MOÇAMEDES (CFM)

After some 20 years, passenger train service was restarted on Angola’s Caminhos de Ferro de Moçamedes (CFM) in February 2013, following total reconstruction. Initially four trains were run each week but this dropped to two, an arrangement which continues as the current schedule. About 400 passengers are carried on each trip, serving the southern Huila […]

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