Africa Update

Rail Industry Guide for 2017 - Deadline 16 December

The Railways Africa team is currently preparing the Rail Industry Guide for 2017. Please click here to download and complete the form to have your company’s products and services listed.  You...

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AfDB Approves €286 Million for the Cameroon Transport Sector

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved two loans totalling €282 million to support the financing of the second phase of a project aimed at developing the Cameroonian transport sector....

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Changing the Way Railway Projects Are Executed With ARES PRISM

Global project management leaders, ARES PRISM, will be featured in the upcoming issue of Railways AfricaTM Magazine (6:2016), due for release soon. The company is currently providing project...

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AfDB Approves $US3.04 Million Grant For Feasibility Studies In Central Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $US3.04 million grant to assist the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to undertake studies for the Kribi-Campo-Baba Multinational...

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Capacity Upgrade at Congo Terminal with the Acquisition Of Two New STS Gantries

The acquisition of two new gantries for the Republic of the Congo’s Congo Terminal will enable the loading and off-loading of ships with a capacity of up to 16,000 containers. Added to the four...

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Railways Africa Magazine Issue 5:2016

The upcoming issue 5:2016 of Railways AfricaTM Magazine brings you news from some of the industry’s most exciting events locally and abroad including InnoTrans, Transport Forum, GARA and the Rail...

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Eseka Train Accident – Speed May Be The Cause

Following preliminary investigations into the fatal train accident at Eseka, Cameroon on 21 October, officials from Bolloré have indicated that the initial assumption that overcrowding may be the...

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Cameroon - National Day Of Mourning For Victims Of Train Accident

At midday on the 21 October, a passenger train carrying 1,300 people towards the town of Eseka, 120km west of the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé, derailed resulting in hundreds injured and more than...

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AfDB Delegation Hold Talks with Officials from Zambia and DRC to Identify and Address Cross-Border Trade Challenges

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Zambia Field Office, in conjunction with the Regional Department of Integration and Trade, concluded a working visit, to Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of...

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GE Reinforces Commitment to Africa at US Africa Business Forum

In 2014, the first United States - Africa Business Forum drew the attention of the world to the promise of Africa. Governments and organisations discussed and debated opportunities in infrastructure,...

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Rail Industry Guide for 2017 - Deadline 16 December

The Railways Africa team is currently preparing the Rail Industry Guide for 2017. Please click here to download and complete the form to have your company’s products and services listed.  You...

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Changing the Way Railway Projects Are Executed With ARES PRISM

Global project management leaders, ARES PRISM, will be featured in the upcoming issue of Railways AfricaTM Magazine (6:2016), due for release soon. The company is currently providing project...

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Kenya - Passenger Rail Services from Syokimau Disrupted

Passenger services on the Syokimau-Central Business District line in Machakos County, south of Nairobi, were suspended this week as a result of two broken down wagons that obstructed the line...

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Uganda Launches Electronic Single Window Edging Closer To Paperless Trade

The Uganda ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC), in partnership with the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), has officially launched the Uganda Electronic Single Window (UESW). The...

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Uganda and South Sudan Sign a MoU on the Formation Of One-Stop Border Post

The Government of Uganda and the Government of South Sudan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutual collaboration and partnership in construction of a one-stop border post (OSBP) in...

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Tanzania - Tender Request for Standard Gauge Railway Line

The United Republic Of Tanzania Ministry Of Works, Transport and Communication, Reli Assets Holding Company Ltd (Rahco) has issued a tender request for the design and construction of a 294km standard...

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Railways Africa Magazine Issue 5:2016

The upcoming issue 5:2016 of Railways AfricaTM Magazine brings you news from some of the industry’s most exciting events locally and abroad including InnoTrans, Transport Forum, GARA and the Rail...

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Roads and Rail Summit: Cross Border Operations Key to Regional Business Operations

Roads and Rail Summit: Cross Border Operations Key to Regional Business Operations The 7th East and Central Africa Roads and Rail Infrastructure Summit, held in Tanzania at the end of...

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President Kenyatta Launches SGR Phase 2A

Phase 2A of the country’s SGR project spans 120km and stretches from Nairobi to Naivasha. This section incorporates construction of four tunnels covering 7,756km; 9 bridges covering 24km along the...

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South Africa and Kenya Signed Various Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding

President Jacob Zuma, recently concluded at trip to Kenya whereby a number of issues where discussed. During the visit, South Africa and Kenya signed various agreements and Memoranda of...

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Rail Industry Guide for 2017 - Deadline 16 December

The Railways Africa team is currently preparing the Rail Industry Guide for 2017. Please click here to download and complete the form to have your company’s products and services listed.  You...

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Changing the Way Railway Projects Are Executed With ARES PRISM

Global project management leaders, ARES PRISM, will be featured in the upcoming issue of Railways AfricaTM Magazine (6:2016), due for release soon. The company is currently providing project...

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Morocco Plans to Partner With China to Construct a New Industrial City

Morocco is currently planning to develop a new economic hub in the north of the country, with the assistance of development organisations and Chinese multinationals, including the international...

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Railways Africa Magazine Issue 5:2016

The upcoming issue 5:2016 of Railways AfricaTM Magazine brings you news from some of the industry’s most exciting events locally and abroad including InnoTrans, Transport Forum, GARA and the Rail...

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Algerian Train Collision Claims A Life and Leaves 196 Injured

The national railway operator of Algeria (SNTF) experienced a serious train accident near the Boudouaou station, east of Algiers on the 24 September. According to reports, the incident occurred when...

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GE Reinforces Commitment to Africa at US Africa Business Forum

In 2014, the first United States - Africa Business Forum drew the attention of the world to the promise of Africa. Governments and organisations discussed and debated opportunities in infrastructure,...

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Five Fatalities in Train Accident - Cairo

Five people died in a Cairo when a passenger train derailed after leaving Cairo for the Southern city of Aswan this week. According to reports, the train operator engaged the train’s braking system...

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Egyptian National Railways Restructuring Project

In 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced a loan agreement with Egypt to the value of €126 million, for the country’s Railways Modernisation Programme. The project aims...

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AFDB– Request for Expression of Interest for Computerisation Project Support Processes, Algeria

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has requested expressions of interests from consulting firms that can deliver on computerisation project support processes for Algerian railway operator Société...

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Discussions start around the rehabilitation and modernisation of the Trans-Maghrebine railway line - Morocco

The The General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) has requested expressions of interest for a feasibility study into the rehabilitation and modernization of the Trans- Maghreb iron railway...

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Rail Industry Guide for 2017 - Deadline 16 December

The Railways Africa team is currently preparing the Rail Industry Guide for 2017. Please click here to download and complete the form to have your company’s products and services listed.  You...

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MEC For Transport Confirms Bidders for New Gautrain Rolling Stock

Speaking at a debate on the Annual Report of the Department of Roads and Transport, Gauteng MEC for transport, Dr Ismail Vadi announced that three pre-qualified bidders, namely, Bombardier...

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RSR Reports a Decrease in Railway Incidences for the 2015/16 Reporting Period

The Railway Safety Regulator of South Africa (RSR) is mandated to produce a comprehensive report on the state of railway safety in the country, on an annual basis, documenting all safety related...

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Nacala Rail and Port Value Addition Project, Malawi

The Republic of Malawi has received a grant from the African Development Bank’s Fund for African Private Sector Assistance to finance a technical assistance project and has extended a request...

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Crime Continues To Plague Cape Town’s Metrorail

Passenger services in the Western Cape have once again been disrupted as a result of cable theft and vandalism of trains on Cape Town’s central line. This comes after PRASA recently admitted in...

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Union Calls On Gautrain To Utilise Local Manufacturers For New Rolling Stock

The United National Transport Union (UNTU) has called on the National Treasury to encourage greater engagement between state-owned entities (SOE) in the railway sector. Steve Harris, general...

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Transport Dominates in Gauteng Medium - Term Budget Presentation

The Gauteng Provincial Government has managed to intensify cost containment measures as well as divert almost half a billion rand from non-core spending towards priority programmes over the past...

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Changing the Way Railway Projects Are Executed With ARES PRISM

Global project management leaders, ARES PRISM, will be featured in the upcoming issue of Railways AfricaTM Magazine (6:2016), due for release soon. The company is currently providing project...

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Transnet Scoops Top Award for Integrated Reporting

Freight and logistics company Transnet, took top honours as the best large state-owned company for the 2016 Integrated Reporting Awards. The Integrated Reporting Awards, which are hosted by the...

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Union Reports Further Crime On Country’s Railways

The National Union of Railways (UNTU) has reported that two security guards from Insingizi Security Services were robbed of their company firearms and cell phones at Umlazi, in KwaZulu...

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Rail Industry Guide for 2017 - Deadline 16 December

The Railways Africa team is currently preparing the Rail Industry Guide for 2017. Please click here to download and complete the form to have your company’s products and services listed.  You...

Read More

Changing the Way Railway Projects Are Executed With ARES PRISM

Global project management leaders, ARES PRISM, will be featured in the upcoming issue of Railways AfricaTM Magazine (6:2016), due for release soon. The company is currently providing project...

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Nigeria to Deploy High Speed Train on the Abuja-Kaduna Line

The managing director of Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC), Mr Figet Edetanlen Okhiria, announced this week the NRC intends to deploy a locomotive capable of travelling at 150km/h on the...

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Rio Tinto to Sell its Stake in Guinea’s Simandou Project

According to a recent press statement, Rio Tinto has signed a non-binding agreement to sell their entire stake in the Simandou project in Guinea to Chinalco Mining Corporation International, a Chinese...

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Sierra Leone: Bolloré Ports Starts Construction of the Extension of the Container Terminal at the Port Of Freetown

Bolloré Ports has officially launched construction of extension works on the container terminal at the Port of Freetown, Sierra Leone, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,...

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Railways Africa Magazine Issue 5:2016

The upcoming issue 5:2016 of Railways AfricaTM Magazine brings you news from some of the industry’s most exciting events locally and abroad including InnoTrans, Transport Forum, GARA and the Rail...

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Nigerian Senate Committee Request Railway Infrastructure Be Included In The Lekki Deep Port Project

The Nigerian Senate Committee on Marine Transport has suggested that the Tolaram Group, sponsors of the Lekki Deep Seaport, should include rail transportation in their construction works to avoid...

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Ghana Secures Funding For The Accra Urban Development Project (AUTP)

The Government of the Republic of Ghana has received a $US83.9 million loan from the African Development Fund (ADF) to finance the Accra Urban Development Project (AUTP). The government intends to use...

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Nigerian Federal Government Announces Appoint of MD at Nigerian Railway Corporation

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has announced 13 senior executive appointments for 13 federal government agencies, including those of chairman of the board and managing director at the country’s...

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Nigeria To Start Construction On Light Rail Projects For Urban Mobility

Nigeria remains the largest economy on the African continent and is currently ranked as the 21st largest economy globally, with a nominal GDP of $US493,000 billion in 2015. While the country is...

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International Rail News

Leadership Reshuffle at the 89th General Assembly of the UIC

During the 89th General Assembly of the UIC, recently held in Saint Petersburg and hosted by the Russian Railways (RZD), CEO of Italian Railways Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) Mr Renato...

India – Deadly Train Accident Claims More Than 140 Lives

At least 140 people were killed and 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed in the early hours of the morning near Pukhrayan, in the North Indian province of Uttar...

Bombardier Transportation Wins Fleet Operations and Maintenance Contract in Montreal

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation recently announced that it has been awarded an eight-year contract by Montréal's Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT) for the operations and...

Alstom Proves that Trams are the Greener Way Forward

Alstom and Carbone 4, a leading consulting company specialising in climate-resilient and low-carbon strategies, presented the results of a study demonstrating that tramways have a smaller carbon...